Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group has decided to withdraw the Rs 5000 crore civil defamation cases filed in an Ahmedabad court against Congress leaders and National Herald newspaper over their statements and an article on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, according to PTI.
“We have intimated the defendants that we are going to withdraw the suits against them,” the complainant’s lawyer, Rasesh Parikh, told PTI. The suits were being heard in the court by judge P J Tamakuwala.
P S Champaneri, the lawyer representing the National Herald and some other defendants, said he was told by the Reliance Group’s counsel that they received instructions from the client to withdraw the defamation cases against them and the formal process to withdraw the suits will be taken up in the court when it resumes after the summer vacation.
Reliance Defence, Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Aerostructure had earlier filed civil defamation cases against Congress leaders including Randeep Singh Surjewala, Oommen Chandy, Ashok Chavan, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sanjay Nirupam, Sunil Jakhar and Shaktisinh Gohil, some journalists and news organisations such as the National Herald.
The complainants said the defendants made derogatory statements against the Reliance Group and Anil Ambani pertaining to the Rafale fighter jet deal. They asked the defendants to “cease and desist” from levelling allegations against the company in connection with the Rafale deal, according to a PTI report.