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Apologise or pay Rs 1000 crore! Zee News issues Rs 1000 crore defamation notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu

As the saying goes, if your victory doesn’t make you happy then it wasn’t a deserved one! You can go ahead and celebrate it, though the circumstances won’t let you do that. Well, these words perfectly do suit the grand old party of the country at the moment. Yes, they grabbed the victory in the recent elections. But it seems like it wasn’t a deserved one. Troubles do not seem to leave Congress or can I say Congress and blunders go hand-in-hand?

Well, here’s yet again a blunder popped up for the party and this trouble comes along with a wholesome bunch of money! And the credit for this goes to none other than the senior Congress leader, Navjot Singh Sidhu. His defamatory and false allegations against “Zee News” has landed the Congress leader into some serious trouble.

Just a week after the Congress and its senior party leader accused Zee News of doctoring a video, the media organisation issued a legal notice to him for his false allegations against Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) and its editor in chief Sudhir Chaudhary.

ZMCL on the 10th of December issued a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice to Sidhu for his defamatory allegations against Zee Media. Zee News has rightly proved their authenticity when Congress when they alleged that the video, which showed ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans being raised at an election rally addressed by Sidhu, was a fake one. 

As an attempt to be on a safer side, the Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala as a proof of their claim had posted a 45 second clip of the video to falsely accuse Zee News of posting fake news. Of course, the video was a tailored one to favor the party and its leader.

Sidhu even threatened to file a defamation case against Zee News. Congress supporters launched a campaign against Zee News on social media which was also supported by a few media houses and journalists. Congress leaders went as far as possible to tweet suitably edited videos that omitted the part where the slogans were raised.

The notice asks Sidhu to fulfil the following requisitions within 24 hours of receiving the notice:
a) tender an unconditional public apology undertaking not to repeat such a defamatory act against our Client

b) restrain yourself, from making and spreading, directly or indirectly, any further defamatory statement against our Client.

c) restrain yourself from issuing threats to our clients and spreading or promoting directly or indirectly, any enmity, hatred, ill-will against our Client.

The channel editor in chief, outrightly denied the allegation by Congress and its leader Sidhu, of the video being fake and said they can present the valid proof to be enough to prove that pro-Pakistan slogans were indeed raised during the election rally. He was clear enough to state that, this is yet again a age old trick of Congress to get out of the situation which can trap them to worse. Not to forget, the Congress party has no valid proof to claim that their leader is guilty-free. Whereas, Zee News has rightly shut the mouth of Congress by proving they are genuine.

Source: Zee News

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