Actress Shilpa Shetty on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the Bombay High Court seeking to prevent media organizations from publishing defamatory reports about her, reports Live Law. She also demanded a total of ₹25 crores as compensation for damaging her reputation.
In her defamation application, Shetty presented details that “incorrect, false, malicious, and defamatory” information was published about the arrest of her husband Raj Kundra in a case related to making pornographic video clips.
Shetty has asked for court orders to ask the 29 defendants called by her to remove pieces of defamatory content and apologize unconditionally.
News organizations such as NDTV, India TV, The New Indian Express, and The Free Press Journal, along with social media websites such as Facebook and Instagram are among the so-called groups in the blatant act, according to Bar and Bench.
Shetty claimed that the defendants had tarnished her image in order to “sensationalizing news and increasing their readership and viewership”.
Kundra was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of being a “key conspirator” in a case involving the production of pornographic films and sharing them on mobile apps. It is alleged that he had a video streaming app that created sexual content. Police also suspect that women were forced to have sex clips with promises of acting roles.
On July 23, the city magistrate had kept Kundra in police custody until July 27. After police termination expired on Tuesday, he was remanded in custody for 14 days. On Wednesday, a Mumbai court refused to grant Kundra and his assistant Ryan Thorpe bail.