The plaintiff in the matter, TV Today Network limited filed a suit against the Defendant no. 1 (Sameet Thakkar), who operates a twitter handle ‘@thakkar_sameet’ as also Defendant no.2 – Adhyassi Media and Content Services Private Limited. The allegations of the plaintiff was that the defendant no.1 had, on 15th April 2020, during lockdown period, published 35 tweets on his Twitter handle at one go, making various allegations against the plaintiff’s(TV Today Network Limited), and its top management.
As a result of which Sameet Thakkar continued to publish several tweets using very disparaging and derogatory language against the plaintiff and its management as also news anchors who appear on the plaintiff’s channel Aaj Tak and India Today. It was stated in the plaint that the allegations made by Sameet Thakkar are completely baseless and have also now been picked up by other persons who are retweeting Sameet Thakkar tweets. Hrishikesh Baruah, the counsel appearing for the plaintiff had submitted before the Court. The court observed that the tweets make wild allegations and also use derogatory and defamatory language against the plaintiff, its management and its employees as a result of which its reputation was damaged and also caused personal injury to their family members.
The court restrained Sameet Thakkar from publishing the derogatory statements and abusive remarks. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde directed Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, appearing on behalf of Thakkar, to withdraw the plea and approach the appropriate forum, that is the Bombay High Court.