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India Today Group files Rs 2 crore suit against ‘Newslaundry’ for defamation, copyright infringement

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Media conglomerate TV Today Group has filed a lawsuit against news website Newslaundry seeking Rs 2 crore in damages caused by alleged copyright infringement and defamation.

TV Today Group, which owns major news channels like Aaj Tak and India Today, has accused Newslaundry of “uploading infringing, defamatory, commercially disparaging material on their own website”.

The suit, which Scroll.in has accessed, also alleges that Newslaundry has made “disparaging and defamatory allegations” against the TV Today Group, its news channels, anchors and management.

Apart from the Rs 2 crore in damages, the suit filed in the Delhi High Court also seeks an order to remove 34 articles published on the Newslaundry website and 65 videos on the portal’s YouTube channel.

The suit seeks similar action against social media content related to these articles and videos posted on Newslaundry’s accounts.

The TV Today Group has also asked the Delhi High Court to restrain Newslaundry and its journalists from “writing, tweeting or publishing” anything “defamatory” about its channels, anchors and management.

Newslaundry co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri told Scroll.in that the case was “frivolous”.

“It is alarming that these [organisations] are considered the high priests of independent news, free speech and freedom of the press,” Sekhri said. “Now we know why the press and media has come to this stage…. Because of people like the…

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