Actor Payal Ghosh, who is facing a defamation suit filed by actor Richa Chadda claiming Rs 1.1 crore damages, complained to the Bombay High Court on Monday through her lawyer that the plaintiff Chadda was already claiming in the media that she has won the case.
On the last hearing date, Ghosh's lawyer had told that court that she was ready to withdraw her statements against Chadda and was willing to apologize to her and settle the matter.
Today, Ghosh's lawyer, Advocate Nitin Satpute, told a bench of Justice A K Menon that following the offer of apology, Richa started claiming in media that she had won the case, leading to the 'trolling' and humiliation of his client in the social media.
"We are ready to settle the case. But the plaintiff (Richa Chadda) is already saying in media that she has won the case. This is not good. She should not make media statements", Satpute told the Court.
Satpute demanded that Chadda be asked to refrain from such media statements and be asked to apologize as the matter was in the settlement stage only.
At this point, Justice Menon asked Chadda's lawyer, Advocate Saveena Bedi, if her client had made any such statements.
Bedi denied any wrongdoing by her client.
"Richa has not done anything wrong. There is no question of her apologizing. The media has reported what happened in the court", Bedi submitted.
"If you are settling the matter, is it not better to avoid public statements?", Justice Menon asked.
"If you want to settle, talk to each other and not to others", the judge advised.
The bench then proceeded to adjourn the hearing till Wednesday(October 14) at the request of Satpute to submit the consent note for settlement.
The bench also clarified that the injunction order passed on the previous hearing date (October 7) against media portals carrying Ghosh's impugned statements against Richa will continue till the next date of hearing.
Chadha filed the suit in the original side of the Bombay High Court alleging that her name was dragged by Ghosh into the allegations of sexual assault levelled by her against director Anurag Kashyap.
Film personality Kamaal R Khan and channel ABN Telugu are also made defendants in the case alleging that they had republished Chadda's statements.