India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has filed a Rs 100-crore defamation case in the Madras High Court against media houses Zee Media Corporation and News Nation Network alleging that they have telecast “false news reports” to link him with “illegal activities of betting, match fixing and spot fixing.”
The court on Tuesday restrained the two media houses from publishing or telecasting any news content about Dhoni in connection with allegations in the IPL match-fixing case, or in any manner insinuating about his integrity and honesty.
In his order, Justice S Tamilvanan said, “I am of the view that there is a prima facie case and the balance of convenience is also in favour of the plaintiff. Hence interim injection is granted for a period of two weeks.”
Dhoni, who is currently leading India in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, said in his petition, “Since February 11, 2014, Zee Media Corporation Limited (Zee News Channel) and Sudhir Chaudhary, editor and business head of the channel in collusion with G.Sampath Kumar (suspended police officer) have been telecasting and broadcasting and hosting false news reports insinuating that the plaintiff (Dhoni) was involved in the illegal activities of betting, match fixing and spot fixing.”
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