New Delhi: Zee News has issued a Rs 1000 crore defamation notice to Punjab Minister and senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for making false allegations against Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) and its editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary. Issuing a legal notice, the media organisation has asked Sidhu to apologise within 24 hours of receiving it. Also Read - Navjot Singh Sidhu in AAP? 'He's Welcome,' Says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Zee News editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary wrote, “Zee News issues Rs 1000 crore defamation notice to Navjot Sidhu for his defamatory and false allegations against Zee Media. If he doesn’t apologise, we shall use all legal recourses to take this case to its logical conclusion.” Also Read - ZEE Bihar Jharkhand Organises Bihar E-Vimarsh With Focus on Coronavirus, Migrants’ Crisis
The notice asks Sidhu to fulfil the following requisitions within 24 hours of receiving the notice: Also Read - ZEE 24 Kalak Holds Gujarat E-Vimarsh; Ministers Deliberate Plans on Coronavirus Lockdown
a) tender an unconditional public apology undertaking not to repeat such a defamatory act against our Client
b) restrain yourself, from making and spreading, directly or indirectly, any further defamatory statement against our Client.
c) restrain yourself from issuing threats to our clients and spreading or promoting directly or indirectly, any enmity, hatred, ill-will against our Client.
A few days back, Zee News had telecast a video of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s election rally, wherein some people were seen raising ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans. After being questioned, Congress leaders accused the news channel of playing a doctored video. Sidhu even threatened to file a defamation case against Zee News. Congress supporters even launched a campaign against Zee News on social media which was backed by a few media houses and journalists. Congress leaders went as far as possible to tweet suitably edited videos that omitted the part where the slogans were raised.
The Zee News team got in touch with the common people and journalists present during Sidhu’s Alwar rally and got hold of seven different videos of the same rally which were recorded by journalists. One local journalist came on camera to expose the Congress party and pointed out the “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were indeed raised while Sidhu was addressing the rally.