Nagpur: In a major setback to Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri & Sons and TBZ Brothers, headed by Hemant Zaveri and his son Sagar Zaveri, the High court has dismissed their plea that challenged the issuance of process against them and other directors by Nagpur JMFC court for offences under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code.
The accused Hemant Zaveri had published false and derogatory public notices againt Neeta Chawdagor and her husband Amrutbhai. The said public notice was published in January 2016, by the accused Zaveri after the complainant Chawdagor issued notices demanding their rightful dues from the accused. The accused Zaveri had issued several cheques to the complainant which got dishonoured leading to the issuance of notices under the negotiable instruments act.
After this instead of complying with the demand, the accused attempted to brow beat the complainant and her husband by publishing their photographs along with false and derogatory material and also falsely projected that
Chawdagor was also employed with them. Following this, a complaint was filed against Hemant Zaveri, Sagar Zaveri and other employees and directors of the companies controlled by them who had indulged in defaming the complainant and the Court finding substance in the allegations proceeded to issue process against them.
The accused thereafter moved the High court challenging the issuance of process by way of a Criminal Writ Petition. The said petition was also admitted in due course of time and was finally heard by Justice Revati Mohite Dere on Friday, when finding that the complaint of defamation prima facie had substance and that the accused had
unwarrantedly published the photographs of the complainant in the public notice. With these findings, the High court dismissed the writ petition and cleared the process for further proceedings in the case for defamation case filed against the accused.
Aakash Gupta Advocate represented the complainant, while Sudame Advocate appeared for the accused.