New Delhi, Mar 2 : A Delhi Court after hearing a defamation case filed by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval on Saturday passed a summoning order against Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, ‘The Caravan’ magazine and writer Kaushal Shroff over an article.
A UK National has filed a complaint in the court by stating, “The article has been used as a political tool to foster in unscrupulous hands to seek vendetta and wreak vengeance. An analysis of the article suggests accused No. 3 (Shroff) has purposely and with mala fide intent scripted the article in a manner that the average reader will perceive the facts narrated therein only in a certain tainted colour. He further submitted that the title of the article itself is scandalous”
Vivek Doval had sought prosecution of Ramesh for using the article’s content to address a press conference without verifying the facts.
The article has alleged that the fund headed by Vivek Doval, based in the Cayman Islands, was involved in the laundering of black money and routing it to India after demonetisation was implemented in 2016. Ajit Doval’s sons run a web of companies including a Cayman Islands hedge fund.
Vivek Doval has deposed in the pre summoning evidence along with his business partner Amit Sharma and friend Nikhil Kapoor in the complaint filed before the court.
He stated“ accused number 2 (Caravan) and 3 (Shroff), with a mala fide intent, titled the article ‘The D-Companies’, creating a prejudice in minds of readers against the complainant and his family."
Doval stated that announcement of demonetisation and the firm’s launch, “though proximate in time, are two completely independent events, none being related to other, even remotely”.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal after hearing the defamation complaint passed a summoning order against ‘The Caravan’ magazine, article writer Kaushal Shroff besides Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to appear before the court on April 25. (UNI)