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Jet Airways Files Civil Defamation Suit Against Investigative Journalist Josy Joseph: Report

Joseph had written about the alleged links between the airline company and gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

15/12/2016 10:21 AM IST | Updated 15/12/2016 10:49 AM IST
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A civil defamation suit seeking thousands of crores in damages has been filed by Jet Airways and its founder-chairman Naresh Goyal against Josy Joseph, a senior investigative journalist. Joseph, in his book A Feast Of Vultures, wrote about the alleged links between the airline company and gangster Dawood Ibrahim. According to a report, a lawyer representing Joseph has confirmed that they have received notices of defamation for the details published in the book.

Advocate Uttam Datt, who is representing the journalist on the case, has stated that they are definitely challenging the suit in court. "We stand by the story, we have documented proof for every claim made in the book. We have evidence to defend ourselves," he told Scroll.in.

In an interview in August 2016, Joseph had stated that he was aware of the consequences and was ready for any kind of litigation. The book, that was published earlier this year, claims that in December 2001, Intelligence Bureau chief KP Singh and Joint Director Anjan Ghosh had written to the Ministry of Home Affairs saying that they had confirmed information of 'intermittent contact' between the underworld gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel and Naresh Goyal, to settle financial issues.

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