No libel in report on PM: Court

The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a defamation plea against a media house for a news report that suggested YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an apparent bid to dilute the cases against the Andhra politician.

By Our Legal Correspondent
  • Published 20.02.18
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a defamation plea against a media house for a news report that suggested YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an apparent bid to dilute the cases against the Andhra politician.

"You should have the spirit of tolerance. There is no defamation," a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra told senior advocate Jayant Bhushan who appeared for Ramakrishna Reddy, an MLA of the YSR Congress. The bench dismissed the plea.

The report was published and broadcast by the Andhra Jyothi group at a time tension had crept into the ties between the BJP and the ruling Telugu Desam Party.

Jagan Mohan was being talked about as a possible fallback option for the BJP.

The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate are probing the assets of Jagan Mohan.