Madras HC stays defamation cases against Arappor Iyakkam, Google
June 07, 2022  20:48
A division bench of the Madras high court on Tuesday stayed further proceedings on three defamation cases filed by KCP Infra Limited in Coimbatore and others demanding Rs 1 crore each from non-governmental organisation Arappor Iyakkam, Google and YouTube, which were pending before a single judge. 

The bench of Justices M Dhandapani and Sundar Mohan, which granted the stay while passing interim orders on the appeals from Arappor Iyakkam, posted the matter for further hearing on July 20 with a direction to KCP Infra and other respondents to file their counters. 

Alleging corruption in the award of tenders by the corporations in Chennai and Coimbatore, in which former minister SP Velumani and others were allegedly involved, Arappor Iyakkam lodged a complaint before the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption in September, 2018. 

It also conducted a press meet in this connection. 

The details were subsequently published as postings in Facebook and YouTube. 

KCP Infra filed a civil suit claiming the press meet held by the Iyakkam was defamatory and sought an interim injunction in the nature of a gag order. 

All the applications were dismissed by a single judge in June, 2019. -- PTI
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