Indian court fines Subramanian Swamy
[b]Indian court fines Subramanian Swamy[/b]
By Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi
[b]New Delhi, 05 January, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Subramanian Swamy, a former Federal Minister and Chief of Janata Party, has been asked by an Indian court to pay a fine recently in a libel case after the he did not disclose the source of his allegation that bordered on defamation.
The Delhi High Court, which heard the case, imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakhs on Swamy. The case related to two allegations Swamy made before a judicial commission that probed the May 1991 assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. First Tamilnadu chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram had prior knowledge about the assassination. Second noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who had appeared for Jayalalithaa before the commission, had received money from the LTTE for taking up cases on behalf of the banned organisation.
Justice Pradeep Nandrajog noting that Swamy had refused to apologize or withdraw his offending statements ruled ‘a statement against a person that he has been receiving money from LTTE is ex-facie defamatory’. The order also said Swamy had exceeded the limits of qualified privilege as his statement (vis-à-vis Jayalalithaa) was quite unconnected with and irrelevant to the situation and suffers from redundancy of the expression.