Published On : Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

HC reserves order on plea challenging gag order on ‘The Wire’

The Gujarat high court has reserved its order on a petition filed by online news portal The Wire challenging a gag order passed by a lower court in a civil defamation case filed by BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah.

Jay Shah submitted his affidavit before the high court judge Paresh Upadhyay on Thursday. In it, Shah said the appeal against the ex-parte interim order was “not maintainable” and “deserves to be dismissed”.

He also said the applicant has not given “any justification” behind the plea.

The petition was filed by the portal’s management, the Foundation for Independent Journalism, challenging the gag order passed by a civil court on October 12 on a story carried by it (The Wire) titled ‘The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’.

The petitioner had told the high court that the order passed by a civil court had not shown how the story had affected Shah’s reputation.

The high court, however, did not grant interim relief to the petitioner, saying that it first wanted to hear the respondent.