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Arnab’s Republic TV files contempt petition against BCCL in Delhi HC

MUMBAI: Arnab Goswami’s English news channel Republic TV has filed a contempt petition against Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (BCCL) in the Delhi High Court for alleged violation of court orders.

Through an order passed on 26 May, the Delhi High Court had directed both BCCL and Republic TV not to report about the proceedings in the matter on their TV channels and media outlets. Third-party publications and news channels were exempt from this order.

Earlier, BCCL had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against Arnab Goswami, Prema Sridevi and Republic TV for allegedly violating IP by airing audio tapes in its news reports, which it claimed were procured while the two were in its employment. Hence, the audio tapes are BCCL’s properties, it contended.

The two were only allowed to reproduce the court order.

Republic TV alleged that the media group had published an article in their newspaper ‘Times of India’ and website pertaining to the proceedings of the case. The article, it alleged, gave the impression that BCCL had secured an interim relief from the court.

Republic TV pleaded before the HC to restrain the Times Group from reporting the case until the disposal of the suit.

It has also sought directions to the Times Group to apologise for deliberately misreporting and misleading the general public about the outcome of the proceedings. It has also asked for exemplary costs in its favour.