NDTV has been sued for Rs. 10,000 crores by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group over its coverage on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
The hearing will take place on 26th October in Ahmedabad. NDTV will argue that the charges of defamation are nothing more than a heavy-handed attempt by Anil Ambani’s group to suppress the facts and prevent the media from doing its job.
The news segment featured in NDTV’s weekly show ‘Truth Vs Hype’ on 29th September. NDTV claims that its repeated calls and written requests to Reliance executives to appear on the show, had not been responded to.
The story being discussed was in connection with Reliance chosen as the partner for Dassault in a deal that saw India buying 36 fighter jets.
NDTV denies the charges of defamation and will be presenting material in court to support its case. It said, “As a news organisation, we are committed to independent and fair journalism that uncovers the truth.”