The Delhi High Court on Friday restrained publication of any defamatory content against historian Vikram Sampath in connection to his works on Veer Savarkar. An interim order was passed by Amit Bansal against Audrey Truschke, Ananya Chakrabarti, Rohit Chopra and Ashok Swain as well as Abhishek Baxi.
The judge said that the content of the letter was damaging the career and reputation of the historian therefore he filed a case for grant on an ad-interim protection.
“In my view a prima facie case is made, the continued publication of the letter has been causing considerable damage to the plaintiff’s reputation and career. Balance of convenience is also in his favour and irreplaceable damage will be caused if the injunction is not granted. Consequently, till the next date of hearing, the defendants are restrained from publishing the letter or any other defamatory material on Twitter as well as any other online or offline platforms.”
Sampath who is the author of a critical acclaimed biography of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and a fellow member of the Royal Historical Society in London claimed that Truschke, Chakrabarti and Chopra made serious allegations of plagiarism against him with respect to the two volume biography of Savarkar.
Advocate Raghav Awasthi appearing for Sampath argued that he gave due credits to the author Vinayak Chaturvedi therefore Sampath should not be held liable for plagiarism.
“Plaintiff has taken me through various extracts quoted in the letter to show that he has given due credits and has footnoted the said works. It is further averred that on the basis of publication of letter on Twitter, defamatory tweets are being posted” noted the court.
Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya who appeared for Twitter said that if the URLs of tweets containing a letter written by the defendants are provided, the same may be token down by the micro blogging site.
The court posted the hearing for 1 April 2022.