Shiv Sena Defamation Case: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aditya Thackeray, and party leader Sanjay Raut were served summonses on Tuesday by the Delhi High Court in a civil defamation case brought by Rahul Ramesh Shewale, the leader of the Shiv Sena Eknath Shinde faction. In the civil defamation case brought by Shewale in response to statements made by the Thackerays and Raut, who claimed that the Eknath Shinde faction had “bought the Shiv Sena bow-and-arrow symbol for Rs 2,000 crores,” Justice Prateek Jalan’s single-judge bench made the rulings.
Orders could not be issued without hearing from the opposing party
In his argument on behalf of Rahul Shewale, senior attorney Rajiv Nayyar sought the court to issue orders prohibiting the Thackerays and Sanjay Raut from making any additional false claims. But, Justice Jalan stated that such orders could not be issued without hearing from the opposing party. In the case of Shewale, the remarks made about the symbol threw doubt on a constitutional institution like the Election Commission of India in addition to being disparaging towards Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and members of his faction.
Many things are said in an open marketplace of ideas
The bench said, “This can be carried on the big shoulders of the Election Commission. Consider the courts as an example. People have all kinds of things to say about courts. Many things are said in an open marketplace of ideas. But in the end, the accusations must be proven true.” The judge went on to say, “I’m not going to weigh in on whether the accusations are accurate or false, tasteful or offensive. I simply want their affidavits to be on file “.