Quashing a felony defamation proceedings initiated by the earlier AIADMK authorities in opposition to the Tamil day by day Dinamalar, a Madras Excessive Hourt order, nevertheless, mentioned the newspaper referring to the previous Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa as ‘J’ in a information article was disrespectful.
The felony defamation was on a collection of articles printed by the newspaper criticising the then CM Jayalalithaa’s inaction in tackling the disaster after the Chennai floods in 2015.
Whereas the court docket noticed that the case in opposition to the newspaper for allegedly defaming the status of Jayalalithaa was not in any manner touching upon the conduct of the aggrieved individual in discharge of her public perform, it mentioned that referring to Jayalalithaa as ‘J’ was disrespectful.
Directing the newspaper to “chorus from printing issues in a disrespectful method,” the court docket famous: “It (information report) has been acknowledged ‘J’, when the mentioned individual was the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and will have been addressed as Hon’ble Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and never as ‘J’. Whereas printing and publishing issues with regard to the leaders of the nation or state, the petitioners are supposed to provide respect and deal with them accordingly.”
Sustaining that the allegation in opposition to the newspaper solely will be construed as a private defamation, the court docket mentioned the criticism that was filed by the town public prosecutor in opposition to the newspaper can’t be maintained because it doesn’t fulfill the necessities of Part 199(2) of Prison Process Code (CrPC), the court docket added. The case has been pending since 2016.