The Delhi High Court has exempted Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami from personal appearance in a defamation case, filed by a lawyer. Goswami will not have to make any personal appearance till 15 March in the case.
The case against Goswami is related to the violence inside the premises of Delhi’s Patiala House Court in 2016, when a group of hooligans masquerading as lawyers had attacked the then JNU Students’ Union president, Kanhaiya Kumar, after he was brought to the court in the alleged anti-India sloganeering case.
While conducting a debate on the shameful development, Goswami had called these lawyers ‘hooligans’ and goonda. Taking a dim view of being called thugs on national TV channels, one of the lawyers involved in the criminal act inside the campus of the court had filed a defamation case against Goswami and other media personalities.
The defamation case filed filed advocate Vikram Chauhan claimed that Goswami’s remarks had defamed him in public. Goswami’s show was being conducted in the aftermath of an sting operation by India Today, which showed Chauhan bragging about brutally beating up Kanhaiya Kumar.
The viral video of Kanhaiya Kumar’s thrashing had shown Chauhan being part of the violent mob.
A report by Bar and Bench website said that since matters connected to the incident were pending before another co-ordinate bench, Justice Gauba directed that the present case should also be transferred to that Bench.
“Present petition ought to be heard by the same Bench. Be listed on 15.03.2019, subject to the order of the Chief Justice“, he was quoted as saying.
While advocate Siddharth Agarwal is representing Goswami, Chauhan is being represented by advocate Vijay Agarwal.