Rafale row: Anil Ambani files Rs 5,000 cr defamation suit against National Herald

Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, speaks during a news conference in Mumbai January 16, 2011. Ambani said on Sunday neither he nor his Reliance Infra and Reliance Natural Resources units had any current plans to buy companies but added they could do so through an open offer if needed. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTXWMM0

AHMEDABAD: Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group companies have filed a Rs 5,000-crore defamation suit against Congress-owned ‘National Herald’, claiming an article published in the newspaper regarding the Rafale fighter deal was “libellous and derogatory”.

The civil defamation suit was filed by Reliance Defence, Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Aerostructure, which belong to Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group, against the Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of the National Herald, its editor in-charge Zafar Agha, and author of the article, Vishwadeepak.

The suit was filed yesterday in the court of city civil and sessions judge P J Tamakuwala, who issued notices to the respondents and sought replies by September 7. (AGENCIES)