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Thane court rejects plea to stop Vijaypat’s autobiography

April 17, 2019 06:26 AM

COURTESY MIRROR APRIL 17

Thane court rejects plea to stop Vijaypat’s autobiography
A city civil judge will decide today if the release should be stalled for another 30 days to enable the order to be challenged
Sunil.Baghel@timesgroup.com
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Three months after a court in Mumbai had rejected an application by Raymond Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Gautam Singhania, a court in Thane too has rejected an application seeking to stop the company’s former Chairman Emeritus Vijaypat Singhania’s autobiography.

Should the Thane court extend a relief of stay in the company’s favour or not – which means, should the book be stalled for another 30 days to enable the company to challenge Tuesday’s rejection order – is likely to be decided by Senior Division City Civil Judge RN Merck on Wednesday.


Gautam Singhania has approached the Bombay High Court against the Mumbai City Civil Court’s order rejecting his application, but it is yet to be heard by the HC.

In September, last year, Singhania in his personal capacity, and Raymond Ltd as a company, had filed two different suits before a City Civil Court in Mumbai and Thane, respectively.

The case filed by the group’s flagship company before the Thane court sought a permanent injunction against Vijaypat and the publishers – Penguin Random House India – on publishing the material, calling it false, illegal and defamatory. Represented by advocate Vijay Agashe, the company argued that Vijaypat and the publishers cannot be allowed to publish such material under the garb of freedom of speech and expression, and “cannot infringe on others’ right to reputation and privacy.”

“It is verily believed that the same (the book) contains false, incorrect, misleading and malicious and defamatory representations and imputations to lower the corporate/business reputation and character of the company in the mind of the public and tarnish the name in estimation of right thinking members of the society,” the suit stated.

On the same point, the suit added that the book is likely to contain false statements about Raymond and related companies, and adverse insinuations about the way in which affairs of the companies are conducted and decisions likely to be made, which may result in heavy losses for the company.

The company also objected to the proposed title of the book, The Incomplete Man. It said that it had been deliberately chosen to disparage the company’s tagline being used since 1992, The Complete Man.

In response, Vijaypat, represented by advocate Vibhav Krishna, called the company’s case “proxy litigation,” as it raised issues with respect to its Chairman and Managing Director Gautam Singhania – who had filed a similar litigation in Mumbai. He added that “pre-publication censorship” was not permissible, and that according to Vijaypat, every word written in the book “was truth, and nothing but the truth.”

He argued that in the past seven years or so, there were a few other books which contained either “complete man” or “incomplete man” in their title, and the company had never challenged the use of those words in the title of any those books, therefore the objection to the title of this book was not sustainable.

Vijaypat’s lawyers also dismissed all the allegations of the contents of the book being defamatory to the company, saying those apprehensions were at best based on “hearsay material,” as nothing was produced before the court to substantiate the allegations. He termed the Thane suit an “abuse of process of law” and “forum shopping” – seeking similar reliefs from different courts.

“The defendant No. 4 (Vijaypat) had led a meaningful life and, in his twilight years, has decided to write an autobiography and share his experiences in life and to enlighten the readers with trials and tribulations of his life including his extremely successful story. He believes that it is in public interest for him to share his experience with the world at large (sic),” Vijaypat’s reply to the court stated

 
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