Defamation case filed against Rediff news for carrying news on Jayalalithaa’s health

Chennai(web team): A criminal defamation case was today filed against India Limited for carrying a news item about the health condition of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on its website on July 10.

City Public Prosecutor M.L. Jegan filed the criminal defamation case against R. Ramasubramaniam, Reporter, India Limited, Ajith Balakrishnan, CEO and Chairman and Nikhil Kashman, Editor-in-Chief and Abishek Mande, Senior Associate Editor, for the news item. The case was filed before the Principal Sessions Court at Chennai which is expected to be taken on file soon.
Rediff has deleted a report it had published on Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s health, after she filed a criminal defamation case on Tuesday.

A cached version of the article titled Chennai media knew Jaya’s health was not fine but kept mum is, however, available on Google search.

The case was filed by the Tamil Nadu government on behalf of Jayalalithaa saying it was speculative and had tarnished her image.

The article published on July 11 had claimed that Jayalalithaa’s health was failing – without offering any medical evidence, it listed a series of incidents, which reportedly indicated her worsening health.

She has not been attending office, avoiding public appearances and avoiding media, it noted.

Her appearance at a high profile iftar event was cancelled in the last minute. Prior to that she did not personally appear to flag off the metro train in Chennai, opting to do it remotely.

After winning the RK Puram bypolls, she took oath at Speaker’s office keeping the media out.

Rediff argued that all of these misses were to cover up her failing health.

Rediff also quoted a senior IAS officer, who was not named, saying Jayalalithaa had not been attending office. Files were piling up and work was paralysed, he said.

Tamil Nadu has been abuzz with the rumours that Jayalalithaa is sick. Tamil biweekly Nakkeeran reported three weeks ago that Jayalalithaa may go to the United States for medical treatment.

DMK president M Karunanidhi, who himself is wheelchair bound, said last week that the government should make a complete disclosure about Jayalalithaa’s health as it affected the people.

Input with PTI