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Lawsuit (SLAPP)

4 Oct 2017

M.K. Venu


Date lawsuit was filed
4 Oct 2017
Date accuracy
All Correct
M.K. Venu
The Wire
Press; media
Lawsuits: SLAPPs
Legal claims: Defamation
Lawsuit Brought By: Company
Target: Individual
Location of Filing: India
Location of Incident: India
Essel Group India Entertainment, Technology, telecom & electronics, Lottery, Newsagents Company Response


On 23 June 2017, Jay Sayta published a story on Indian news website the Wire alleging irregularities in the state lottery by a subsidiary of Essel Group. Essel Group filed a criminal complaint against Sayta and The Wire's three founding editors Siddharth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia and M.K. Venu, claiming that the story was defamatory. Essel Group withdrew its complaint after settling with Jay Sayta, who agreed not to pursue the story further.