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Zakir Naik Sues Arnab Goswami for ‘Media-trial’ serves Rs.500 cr Defamation Notice

Zakir naik Sues Arnab Goswami

Zakir Naik Slams Arnab Goswami with a Defamation Notice

Times Now Editor-in-chief and anchor, Arnab Goswami lands in trouble, he was served a legal notice. The Islamic preacher and  founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, Zakir Naik seeks damages worth Rs 500 crore for running a ‘hate campaign’ and ‘media trial’ against him.

It is mentioned in the notice issued by the Naik’s lawyer Mubin solkar, and the IRF founder wanted an outright apology from Goswami for hurting religious sentiments of Naik’s and Muslim’s. Zakir Naik also claimed against the channel for creating enmity and hatred between religious communities.

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Solkar also issued notices against Arnab Goswami, Avinash Kaul, CEO Times Now, Megha Prasad, Bureau Chief Times Now, Sunil Lulla, CEO Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd, and Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd.

Zakir Naik is currently abroad, accused of inspiring terrorists in the Islamic state to attack and is attending the investigations for the recent Dhaka attacks. Naik didn’t return to India after the accusations made against him and only addressed Indian media through his video appearances. This is for the first time that Naik is filing a legal notice against media.

“The legal notice seeks that Goswami furnishes in writing his sources of information and any evidence for making defamatory statements and charges against Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik and withdraw the defamatory statements made by him during the live telecast of The Newshour Debate on Times Now,” said Mubin Solkar. “Peremptorily, we have fixed the damages at Rs 500 crores and asked for those damages as well.

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Dr Naik has claimed Five hundred crores of INR for the damages that have been caused to his reputation and his image in India and the entire Islamic world. In fact, the damage that Goswami has caused my client is far more than Rs 500 crore.” He added.

Government Authorities of India and Bangladesh had taken action against Naik’s “Peace TV.” The Islamic preacher is also banned in certain countries like the UK for his speeches which provoke hatred. Naik’s lawyer blames Times-now channel for promoting disharmony and feelings of hatred. The controversial preacher has alleged that the news channel is defamed and hurt the sentiments of his community who holds him as a great idol.

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NDTV consulting editor Barkha Dutt yelled at her former colleague Arnab Goswami. Barkha criticised Goswami tagging “cowardly hypocrisy.” The Spat took place a day after Times Now Editor-in-Chief demand for strict action against “pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan” journalists on his primetime News-hour debate on July 26.Barkha dutt slams Arnab Goswami via social networking site became viral.

Barkha Dutt expressed disgust over tagging media ‘ProPakistanDrove’ and slams Arnab Goswami. She lashed out Goswami tagging “cowardly hypocrisy” Barkha tweeted about Times-Now and Arnab and questioned about his ‘chamchagiri.’

Barkha stated in a Facebook post that she is ashamed to be from the same industry as Goswami, who gave a call for stopping of media. Goswami labelled some channels ‘sympathizers of militants and pro-Pakistan’ and demanded stringent punishment for them. Barkha made a significant omission on the ‘ProPakistanDoves’ term used by him.

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She also questioned his muteness over the alliance agreement between BJP and PDP which tends them to talk with Pakistan and Hurriyat and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan surpass.This kind of open opposition is unusual in Indian media. But, Goswami encouraged argumentative declarations in recent course of the year. Times-now editor is blaming all criticism by them in the name ‘professional jealousy’ someone who is unable to tolerate the success of TimesNow.

Barkha mentioned her antipathy against the media’s silence on Goswami calling then ISI agents. “Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as ISI agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against. And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence,” wrote Barkha.

“Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried & punished. Is this man journalist? I am ashamed to be from same industry as him. What’s striking is his brazen and cowardly hypocrisy. So he drones on and on about Pro-Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi’s own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why he is so silent on the government? Chamchagiri?” Barkha on a Facebook post.

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Barkha got a tremendous response on Twitter for her tweet “Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished. This man is a journalist? Ashamed to be from same industry as him.”