Zee News has sent a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice Congress minister in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu for ‘false allegations against Zee Media.’ This was announced by Sidhir Chaudhary, the editor-in-chief of Zee News, on Twitter.
Chaudhary wrote, “@ZeeNews issues ₹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.
.@ZeeNews issues ₹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. pic.twitter.com/MUSqjNJuYJ
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) December 15, 2018
Zee News had aired a video of Sidhu’s election rally in Rajasthan alleging a section of the crowd had chanted Pakistan Zindabad slogans. The channel had also tweeted the video of its broadcast with a caption, “WATCH- Shocking! Pak supporters shout ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan in Navjot Singh Sidhu rally.”
However, within minutes of Zee News broadcasting its doctored video, the Congress had reacted angrily as party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala posted the original video of Sidhu’s speech mocking Prime Minister Narendra’s claims on Make in India. Sidhu mimicking Modi had prompted Sikh supporters to chant slogans ‘Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Shri Akal.’
Zee News had later deleted the video from its Twitter handle.
Sidhu had later told reporters that he planned to file a defamation case against the channel. “I am going to file a defamation case after consulting with my lawyer. I cannot compromise with the name I have earned,” he had told reporters on 3 December.
Zee News had also sent a petition to the Election Commission asking the poll body to take action against him. Sidhu has not reacted to the defamation notice sent by Zee News.