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BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia files defamation suit over YouTube and X content

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New Delhi, April 5 (IANS): Senior lawyer and BJP member Gaurav Bhatia has taken legal action against several social media users and YouTube channels and filed a defamation case in the Delhi High Court.

The case arises from what Bhatia said was defamatory content spread about him after an attack incident last month during a lawyers' strike at the Gautam Budh Nagar District & Sessions Court.

Justice Neena Bansal Krishna, who presided over the case, summoned the parties involved and took note of Bhatia's application for an interim injunction, although no immediate ex parte order was granted.

The application for interim legal protection is now scheduled to be heard on April 8th.

The Supreme Court has already taken suo motu cognizance of the attack.

Bhatia's petition names individuals and organizations including Naveen Kumar of Article 19 India, Neelu Vyas of The News Launcher, Professor Akhil Swami and YouTube channels such as Rajeev Nigam and BBI News.

The X users listed as accused include Sandeep Singh, Vijay Yadav and Netaflix.

Bhatia is seeking a permanent injunction to stop the defendants from making what Bhatia describes as “insulting and defamatory statements” against him on digital platforms such as YouTube and X.

“That the video in question has garnered approximately 1,142,045 views and over 52,000 likes from the public, reflecting significant engagement and the potential for significant harm to Plaintiff's reputation, livelihood and general well-being due to the widespread distribution of defamatory material on a “hugely popular platform,” the petition states.

“That the present video contains egregious and defamatory allegations against the plaintiff, designed to reprehensibly damage his reputation and integrity. It accuses him of indecent behavior, physical violence and dishonorable behavior and uses derogatory language to portray him as a thug. “Shame,” it continues.

Additionally, the petition calls on Google LLC and X to remove the allegedly defamatory materials from their platforms.