A Delhi Court on Saturday (19 December) closed the criminal defamation case against Congress leader Jairam Ramesh after he tendered an apology to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval's son Vivek Doval.
Vivek Doval had filed a criminal defamation case against Ramesh and Caravan magazine Editor-in-Chief Paresh Nath and reporter Kaushal Shroff for damaging his reputation.
The Caravan article titled 'The D Companies' had allegedly claimed that Vivek Doval ran a hedge fund whose promoters were of dubious antecedents.
In the letter of apology, Ramesh rued that he should have conducted independent verification on the facts of the articles before making accusations against him, his family and business in a press conference. The apology was accepted by Vivek Doval.
Ramesh stated, "I had conducted a press conference on 17 January 2019 making certain statements about you, your family and your business venture GNY Asia Fund. I understand these statements have hurt you deeply."
He added, "I want to clarify that these statements or accusations, were made drawing conclusions from an Article that was published the previous day in the Caravan magazine. As the case progressed, I realized that perhaps some independent verification may have been in order."
He said that the General Elections were close, and the questions raised in the article seemed appropriate for being highlighted in public. "In retrospect, I may have gone overboard in making certain insinuations against you and your family," the Congress leader said.
"Thus, I would like to offer my apologies to you and your family for any hurt the statements have caused. I would also urge the INC to remove the press conference from the press releases available on their website," he added.
Even though Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Sachin Gupta has shut the case against Ramesh, the defamation proceedings against the magazine and journalist Kaushal Shroff will continue.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
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