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The Wire To Challenge The 'Gag Order' Against Article On Jay Amit Shah

17 Oct 2017 10:00 AM GMT
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"It goes without saying that this attempt to gag The Wire will not go unchallenged”, said the Wire Team in a press release. 

The online news portal 'The Wire', which published an article against BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Amit Shah, on Monday received a communication from an Ahmadabad based lawyer  Milan S. Bhatt which states as follows;

"Pending hearing and final disposal of the interim Injunction, defendants are restrained by order ad-interim injunction from using and publishing or printing in any electronic, print, digital or any other media, or broadcast,telecast, print and publish in any manner including by way of interview, holding Tv talks, debate and debates, news items, programs in any language on the basis of the article published in ‘THE WIRE ‘ (dated 8/10/2010) either directly or indirectly on the subject matter with respect to the plaintiff in any manner whatsoever". 

The website showed a shot of the order and said it received a set of photocopied documents on the afternoon of October 16. The order, it said, is signed illegibly.

In a statement, issued by the Wire Team said any attempt to gag it will not go unchallenged.

Jay Shah had filed a defamation suit against The Wire, its senior editors and a correspondent on October 9 for publishing an investigative article about the growth of Jay Shah’s company after Narendra Modi came in to power.


Press statement issued by The Wire


The Wire received in the afternoon of today, i.e. October 16, 2017, a set of documents in an envelope sent under the name of Milan S. Bhatt, Advocate, Ahmedabad.

There is no covering letter and the entire set appears to be of photocopies. Among these are the following



  1. Special Civil Suit No.442/2017 filed by Jay Amit Shah in the Court of the Fourth Additional Senior Civil Judge Ahmedabad Rural (Mirzapur) Ahmedabad .

  2. Application praying for an interim injunction pending the hearing and final disposal of the suit.

  3. Text purporting to be Order Below Exhibit 5 SPCS No.442/2017 dated October 12, 2017, of  B.K. Dasondi, 4th Addl Senior Civil Judge, Ahmedabad Rural (Mirzapur), Ahmedabad, which reads verbatim as follows:

    Pending hearing and final disposal of the interim Injunction, defendants are restrained by order ad-interim injunction from using and publishing or printing in any electronic, print, digital or any other media, or broadcast,telecast, print and publish in any manner including by way of interview, holding Tv talks, debate and debates, news items, programs in any language on the basis of the article published in ‘THE WIRE ‘ (dated 8/10/2010) either directly or indirectly on the subject matter with respect to the plaintiff in any manner whatsoever.



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