Srinagar resident drags ‘Times Now’ to court

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Srinagar: A  Mumbai based news channel ‘Times Now’ was on Friday served with legal notice by a lawyer from Srinagar accusing channel editor of tarnishing his father’s image in the society by calling him as ‘Pakistani dalaal’ during a debate on news hour on May 6.

The channel according to the lawyer Advocate Amir Masoodi has disgraced his father Peer Abdul Rashid of Aloochi Bagh who he claimed has been trolled by netizens on social media for his alleged involvement in money laundering (Hawala).

“My father no doubt is the senior leader of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani but that does not mean the channel in order to increase its TRP will defame him without any proof or evidence,” advocate Amir Masoodi told ‘CNS’.

He claimed that his family including his sisters and mother are being humiliated for his father’s alleged involvement in money laundering as was claimed by Times Now during live debate on News Hour on May 6 at 9pm.

“I have filed a defamation case against Managing Editor of the channel, Navika Kumar for defaming my father, let them prove in the court of law what they had alleged during debate. My question to the party is as to how they labeled my father as ISI agent and counted him in the list of money launders,” Masoodi added.

Amir Masoodi while criticizing the channel for allegedly tarnishing the image of the people of great repute said such allegations need to be proved and if not they should be prosecuted as per the law.

He said the allegations leveled against his father in live program are derogatory in nature and as such caused tremendous mental agony to his family.

“I want to make it very much clear that if the allegations leveled against my father proved right he must be punished according to the law and in case the same proved wrong then I have no option than to approach the Apex Court,” said he.

“You showed a piece of paper and claimed that it is a kind of leaked intelligence sharing in which some names were mentioned having links with Pakistani premier intelligence agency ISI for money laundering to Hurriyat Conference,” reads the legal notice.

Notice further reads that “now saying all this you and your channel are liable for prosecution under defamation laws by which you would be liable to compensate for tarnishing his image for cheap TRP of your program.”

 

 

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