Delhi High Court: Mukta Gupta, J., granted ad-interim injunction and directed the to take down defamatory and malicious articles against Daniel Snyder.

Plaintiff sought exemption from filing the originals documents and attested affidavits in support of the plaint, statement of truth and the certificate under Section 65-B of the Indian Evidence Act.

Defendants are represented by the Counsel, S.D. Sanjay, Senior Advocate with Akshay Amritanshu, Advocate.

Present suit has been filed by the plaintiff in respect of the publishing of the defamatory and malicious publications levelling serious allegations against the plaintiff insinuating the plaintiff to the extent that he is facing allegations of sex trafficking and is associated with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.

Plaintiff states that the above-stated news articles are false, frivolous and baseless and freely available in the public domain.

The reputation of the plaintiff has also been lowered due to the said articles in the eyes of the public.

Plaintiffs counsel asked the defendants to take down the impugned URL’s/weblinks from their platform for which defendants stated that the needful has been done and no further action was required.

Further, the plaintiff stated that no action has been taken yet and the posts are still available due to which the present suit has been filed.

Court on perusal of the averments in the plaint and documents filed therewith opined that the plaintiff had made a prima facie case against the defendants and if no ad interim injunction is granted, the plaintiff would suffer an irreparable loss.

Defendants have been directed to:

  • take down, remove and/or block/restrict the allegedly defamatory articles.
  • disclose the basic subscription information in respect of the person/persons who had uploaded the allegedly defamatory articles on its platform.

Hence, till the next date of hearing an ad-interim injunction in favour of the plaintiff was granted.

Court listed the suit and application for 02-11-2020. [Daniel Snyder v. Eleven Internet Services LLP, 2020 SCC OnLine Del 1058, decided on 21-08-2020]

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