AAP files defamation case against 'Media Sarkar'

Published: 26th November 2013 08:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2013 08:09 AM   |  A+A-

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates, who figured in a sting operation by a news website, have filed defamation cases against its CEO and said they were mulling action against some of news channels for running the “doctored CD” without verifying its authenticity.

The sting operation by web portal ‘Media Sarkar’ had alleged that several AAP leaders, who were contacted for their help in recovering money from some individuals and getting through some controversial land deals, readily agreed to extend their support in return for donations in cash to the party.

“Our candidates have filed a case against the web portal for allegedly defaming them by releasing the doctored CD.

“The party has also filed a criminal defamation complaint against the CEO of the web portal and two officials of a channel for constantly carrying the story based on the alleged sting operation without verifying its veracity,” AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said, adding AAP leaders would meet Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer on Tuesday over the issue.

The development came as the office of Chief Electoral Officer on Monday said it has provided a copy of the CD containing sting operation to the AAP on EC’s direction and they may take any further action against the media portal, besides approaching the Election Commission for further redressal of their grievances.

“We will take the case to a logical conclusion and won’t allow anyone to tarnish our image. Our leaders are also going to meet Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer on Tuesday over the issue,” the AAP said in a statement.

AAP leaders said they would meet Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev to take up the matter. A senior election officer said the matter is being heard by the EC and any further action will be taken by them. While the media portal has submitted the CD to CEO office, it has been sent to EC with comments.

The charges had been dismissed as baseless by the AAP. The AAP had also requested the commission to stop the circulation of the CD saying it was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp