NEW DELHI: Vivek Doval, son of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, on Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint at a Delhi court against a news magazine for allegedly publishing a defamatory article.
Besides the magazine and the author of the article, Vivek has also filed the complaint against Congress leader Jairam Ramesh for holding a press conference on January 17 reiterating the baseless and unfounded facts narrated in the article. The article claimed that Vivek was running a hedge fund whose promoters were of dubious antecedents.v
He claimed that the magazine was deliberately maligning and defaming him to settle scores with his father. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday.
According to the complaint, the contents of the article present no illegality on Vivek’s part, but the entire narration has been presented in a manner, which suggests wrongdoing to the readers. The complaint also highlighted the tweets put out by the magazine’s handle giving snippets from the article, which makes it clear that it is merely a targeted attempt to malign and tarnish reputation of Vivek and his family, in order to gain political credit in light of the upcoming general election.
It also said that the very act of setting up and launching a hedge fund, is not an illegal and unlawful act by itself.
“However, the same, even without explicitly so stating, has been portrayed in a manner that leads to the very setting up and launching of the hedge fund being perceived as an unlawful act,” it said.