A court in Bangalore has ordered former PM HD Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore. About 10 years ago today, in a TV interview, former PM HD Deve Gowda made a derogatory statement against Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE). In return for which the court has said to pay damages.
Eighth City Civil and Sessions Judge Mallanagouda gave this direction on a lawsuit filed by NICE. The Promoter and Managing Director of the company is Managing Director Ashok Kheny, a former MLA from Bidar South.
A Bengaluru court has directed former PM HD Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crores to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) Ltd for loss of reputation. NICE had filed an original suit against the statements made by the former PM in an interview with a news channel in 2011. pic.twitter.com/hSmpIYJl7O
– ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2021
Deve Gowda’s interview aired on 28 June 2011 on a Kannada news channel. On this, Deve Gowda had said derogatory things against the company. After which the company filed a defamation suit saying that this statement of Deve Gowda has hurt the reputation of the company. The court has directed Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore as damages to the company for the derogatory remarks.
The JDS supremo had targeted the NICE project and called it a loot. The court said that the project in question has been upheld by the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court in their decisions.
The court, in its June 17 judgment, said the company’s project is big and is in the interest of Karnataka. The court said that if such derogatory statements are allowed to be made in future, it will certainly delay the implementation of such a big project in the public interest of the state of Karnataka. The Court, therefore, feels that it is necessary to put a stay on such statements by issuing a permanent injunction against the respondent.
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