The controversial Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik, has filed a Rs 500-crores defamation notice against Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in what Naik calls a ‘media trial’ with ‘malicious intent’ of defaming him according to a report in Firstpost.
The notice comprises largely of the statements that Goswami had made during his weekly night news show ‘The NewsHour’ on the Times Now channel.
“My client states that without verifying facts and without having any positive and/or cogent evidence in support, you have recklessly and callously, with deliberate and malicious intention made and published on the television the aforesaid false, defamatory and damaging remarks against my client, which have severely harmed my
client’s impeccable reputation,” reads the notice.
The notice asks Goswami to ‘furnish in writing’ the evidence with which he made his statements, withdraw his remarks, tender an unconditional apology and finally pay a sum of Rs 500 crores for causing Naik ‘mental trauma and agony.’
It had come to light in the recent terror attack in Bangladesh that Naik’s statements and public speeches allegedly inspired one of the individuals to commit terrorist acts and provoke violence.
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