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May 19, 2017

Times Now Files Suit Against Arnab Goswami’s “Republic TV” in Delhi HC


Arnab Goswami

On May 18, Bennett Coleman and Company Limited (BCCL), owner of the “Times Now” Channel, filed a suit against Arnab Goswami’s “Republic TV” in the Delhi High Court for violation of contract of employment and infringement of intellectual property.

The Plaintiffs claimed that Arnab and his team are using intellectual property, which they had acquired during the course of their employment with TIMES NOW and which exclusively belonged to the Plaintiffs.

In this regard, a few clippings of the telecast by “Republic TV” regarding the circumstances of Sunanda Pushkar’s death were also played before the bench of Justice Manmohan.

Appearing for the Plaintiffs, Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayyar said, “the Defendants must not act contrary to the clauses of the contract of employment.” Further, Nayyar submitted that the Plaintiffs spoke to Arnab regarding the same issue but got no respite.

Further, Nayyar mentioned that the Plaintiffs had already filed a police complaint in Mumbai under sections 378, 379, 403, 405, with sections 406, 409, 411, 414 and 418 of the IPC, besides Section 66-B, 72 and 72-A of the IT Act, alleging theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of intellectual property.

Justice Manmohan issued summons to the Defendants and observed that it is well settled that an employee has to maintain confidentiality after he leaves the employment and must act in good faith. Also, Justice Manmohan observed that misuse and misappropriation of trade information would amount to infringement.

However, Justice Manmohan said that at this preliminary stage, he cannot proceed against the Defendants without hearing them and that the evidence produced before the Court was not sufficient.

Also, Justice Manmohan asked the Plaintiffs as to why they had not given a notice to the Defendants before marching to court.

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