J&K Bank files Rs.50 crore defamation suit against Raja Muzaffar Bhat: Court issues restraint order

Srinagar, Feb 16: The Court of Additional District Judge Srinagar today
restrained Raja Muzaffar Bhat from publishing any defamatory or
causing to publish any defamatory material against the bank on print,
electronic or social media.
Notably, the Bank filed a defamation suit against Raja Muzaffar Bhat for
an amount of Rupees Fifty Crores from the defendant for defaming the
plaintiff bank through print & social media and for restraining him
permanently from publishing any articles/statement or getting any
article statements published through his agents/representatives or
posting any material on print/electronic/social media against the bank
which is defamatory in character.
The bank has pleaded in the suit that Raja Muzaffar Bhat published an
article in a daily newspaper wherein he resorted to defamation against
the bank. Thereafter, the bank issued legal notice to him for
withdrawing the defamatory remarks and for tendering an
unconditional apology.
Instead, the defendant published some posts on the FB page containing
defamatory statement against the bank and provoking others also to
post defamatory statements against the bank. This constrained the
Bank to resort to legal recourse.
The court order issued by the Additional District Judge, Srinagar today
said, “…non-applicant either himself or through his servants/agents or
any other person claiming by, through or under him is temporarily
restrained from publishing any defamatory or causing to publish any
defamatory material on print, electronic or social media or address any
defamatory communication either orally or in writing which has the
effect to defame or to tend to defame the bank and/or its employees…”

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