Whether TV journalist Arnab Goswami has had a history of broadcasting incorrect and unsubstantiated news reports? This is one of the several issues framed by the Delhi High Court in the Rs 2-crore civil defamation suit initiated by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor against Goswami and his channel Republic TV for running “irresponsible new stories and news debates” between May 8 and May 11, 2017 on the issue of death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor.
Justice Manmohan has framed 12 issues in the suit and directed Tharoor and Goswami to file their list of witnesses within two weeks.
Tharoor would be filing his evidence in four weeks thereafter.
The matter is now listed before Joint Registrar Rakesh Pandit on May 10 for cross-examination of Tharoor’s witnesses.
Justice Manmohan would be monitoring the evidence on August 31.
Tharoor filed the civil suit on May 26 last year seeking damages and compensation of Rs 2 crore from Goswami and the channel for making defamatory remarks against him while airing news related to his wife Sunanda’s death.
Tharoor also prayed that they be restrained from running misleading news items on his wife’s death and from using the phrase ‘Murder of Sunanda Pushkar’ as it is yet to be established if her death was murder.
He also prayed that the channel be restrained from running any show relating to his wife’s death.
The high court, however, had refused to grant any such injunction in favour of the MP but asked Goswami to scale down.
Here are the issues framed by Justice Manmohan in the matter with the consent of the parties:
Read the Order Here