Source : Bar and Bench Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. (BCCL) has filed a hundred crore defamation suit against News Laundry Media Pvt. Ltd. and nine of its employees in the Bombay High Court for allegedly defaming the editors of the Times Now channel a part of the BCCL television broadcasting and distribution group - Times Network. BCCL moved the Court seeking urgent ad-interim directions to Newslaundry to deposit the entire compensation amount with the High court and to restrain them from re-telecasting or commenting on the defamatory content published on their website and shared via their YouTube channel. BCCL raised objections to two programmes run by the Newslaundry published on their website and shared on their YouTube channel. Newslaundry allegedly made extremely defamatory statements against Kumar and Shivshankar which caused harm to the reputation of the company and the editors as reputed independent journalists. Times of India newspaper was asking for Rhea Chakraborty's bail during their reportage on the Sushant Singh Rajput death investigation.They claimed that the remarks were made with a deliberate intention to defame the company. Newslaundry stated that they had merely adopted the view taken by the High Court in the judgment which was that the reportage by television news channels like Republic TV and Times Now on the death of Rajput was in brazen disregard of the rule of law. Justice AK Menon hearing the defamation plea today granted time to BCCL to file its rejoinder to the reply of Newslaundry. The matter is likely to be heard for ad-interim reliefs on February 22, 2021. Senior Advocate Nikhil Sakhardande with Advocates Amogh Singh and Nipun Katyal represented News Laundry meanwhile Advocates Vijay Hiremath and Swaraj Jadhav appeared for BCCL.