Lalan Singh accuses Dainik Jagran, Aaj Tak, R Bharat for defamation

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The political observers underline that this is not the first occasion when a political leader has named media organizations for carrying defamatory news items.

Lalan Singh at JD (U) national council meeting

Lalan Singh at JD (U) national council meeting

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, January 7: The Lok Sabha MP of the Janata Dal (United) Rajiv Ranjan alias Lalan Singh has accused Dainik Jagran, Aaj Tak and Republic Bharat for defaming him. In a video message, Singh has served an ultimatum of 15 days time to the three media organizations to reveal the sources of the news item wherein it was stated that he had attended a meeting with a few JD (U) MLAs.

Singh accused the three media houses of running fake news of him attending a meeting with intent to break the JD (U). He has said that contrary to the claims of the three media houses he was not even in Patna on the day of the meeting as claimed in the reports of the three media houses.

The JD (U) MP has accused the Aaj Tak, Republic Bharat, and Dainik Jagran of tarnishing his image. Singh has said that if the three media houses fail to substantiate the news item which suggested that he was part of a conspiracy to break the party he will file defamation cases against them.

Notably, the three media houses have not yet issued any statement. However, it’s not yet known if the JD (U) MP has also complained to the Press Council of India against the three media houses. The political observers underline that this is not the first occasion when a political leader has named media organizations for carrying defamatory news items.

They state that Sheila Dikshit when she was the chief minister of Delhi had taken a leader newspaper to the Press Council of India for carrying a defamatory news item. Dikshit had won the case against the newspaper also.

In the case of Singh, the speculations in Patna had built grounds for the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to summon the meeting of the national council in New Delhi and take the charge of the party. Singh, however, said that it was he who has suggested the chief minister to become the party president.   

The political observers also underline that the media houses have in the past carried sensational news stories on the basis of conspiracy theories against the incumbent chief minister. They remind that in once case a leading Hindi daily had claimed that a meeting had taken place at the residence of a senior Congress leader to remove Sheila Dikshit from the post of the chief minister.

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