Rajdeep Sardesai threatens to slap lawyer Prashant Patel with Rs 100 crore defamation suit


Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has threatened to file a defamation suit worth Rs 100 crore against a lawyer, Prashant Patel, after he allegedly made libelous comments about the former and his son on Twitter.

This was after Sardesai filed a police complaint against Patel for spreading fake news about the man, who identifies himself as a lawyer, in the past. A rattled Patel had tweeted, “Dear @sardesairajdeep Is it true that your Son Ishan got admission at MBBS in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University in 2013 on NRI quota w/o having merit after paying ₹ 1 Cr by violating rules (sic)?”

An angry Sardesai posted the copies of the admission order exposing Patel’s yet another attempt to spread lies through fake tweets. He also threatened to slap a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against Patel. Sardesai wrote, “For the Bhakt army of liars: here is my son, a merit rank school topper, medical college admission form. Also marking @TVMohandasPai of Manipal board. Next step 100 crore defamation suit against @ippatel and @TwitterIndia Sad it has reached this but enough is enough.”

In his subsequent tweet, the veteran journalist, now a consulting editor with the India Today group, wrote, “Rats can only be taken to cleaners when society has enough cats ready to draw the line!”

This is not the first time that members of the right-wing Hindutva brigade have attempted to discredit the family members of journalists critical of the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Last year, a civil servant with Rajasthan’s BJP government, Sanjay Dixit, had made public, the personal details of Rifat Jawaid’s wife and children after Janta Ka Reporter’s editor-in-chief questioned his open biases despite being an IAS officer.

The latest attempt to spread fake news involving journalists’ family by known Hindutva army of trolls has evoked angry reactions from social media users. Here are some of the reactions;