Debriefed: Reliance Infrastructure’s 22,000 crore defamation juggernaut against the media
Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group is on a mission to crack down on any reportage alluding to wrongdoing on its part in relation to the much criticized Rafale deal.
To this end, the company has filed civil defamation suits against three publications – NDTV, The Citizen, and The National Herald – seeking damages amounting to a whopping Rs. 22,000 crore.
Given the clamour surrounding the Rafale deal in the political arena, Reliance has also filed similar suits against individual members of the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. As per reports, suits seeking damages of Rs. 5,000 each have been filed against nine members of the Congress party, and one AAP member.
This brings the total amount of damages sought by one of the biggest companies in India to an astronomical Rs. 72,000 crore, one hundred times more than the cost of the Rafale deal, and more than the net worth of RIL itself.
In the suit filed against NDTV in the Ahmedabad City Civil Court, Reliance Infrastructure Limited has claimed that a program aired by the channel on the Rafale deal contains false, frivolous, factually incorrect, and baseless allegations with a view to increasing their TRPs.