Rafale deal: Anil Ambani to take back cases against Congress leaders, National Herald

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The Hush Post | 7:28 pm | One-minute read |

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group has decided to withdraw the Rs.5000-crore defamation suits against Congress leaders in the Rafale deal matter. Ambani had filed suits against Congress leaders and National Herald newspaper over their statements in the controversial fighter jet deal.

The Court of city civil and sessions judge PJ Tamakuwala in Ahmedabad was hearing the suits.

Ambani’s lawyer Rakesh Parikh told news agency PTI that the Group has intimated the defendants about its intentions.

Defending lawyer PS Champaneri confirmed that the Reliance Group’s counsel has received the instruction from his client.

The court resumes after summer vacation and it is only then when the suits will be formally withdrawn.

Notably, Reliance Defence- a part of the Reliance Group had filed defamation suits against Congress leaders Sunil Jakhar, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ommen Chandi, Ashok Chavan, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Sanjay Nirupam. Besides, the cases were also filed against National Herald newpaper and some other journalists.

National Herald had published an article titled ‘Anil Ambani floated Reliance Defence 10 days before Modi announced Rafale deal’. Anil Ambani’s counsel had termed the article “misleading” which conveyed a “negative image” of his client.

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