Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday requested the Delhi High Court to stop Arnab Goswami and his channel Republic TV from “misreporting” his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death, saying his “right to be left alone” and “right to silence” must be respected.
This came weeks after the High Court had warned Goswami about indulging in rhetoric while covering Pushkar’s death. Pushkar had died in a Delhi hotel in 2014. The matter is a subject of investigation. The High Court had also asked Goswami to respect Tharoor’s right to silence.
Tharoor made the submission before Justice Manmohan, who reserved the verdict on Tharoor’s plea seeking to restrain Goswami and his channel from airing any news or debate about the death of Pushkar.
Goswami and his channel, on the other hand, said they had only placed the actual evidence and the police report while broadcasting the news, reported PTI.
In May Tharoor had filed a defamation case against Goswami seeking damages and compensation of Rs two crore for allegedly making defamatory remarks towards him while airing news relating to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
The Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha MP has filed an interim application for stopping the channel from broadcasting the incident in the pending Rs two crore civil defamation suit against the TV anchor and Republic TV.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Tharoor, submitted that the court must direct Goswami and the channel not to mention the expression “murder of Sunanda Pushkar”, as it is yet to be established by a competent court that her death was “murder”, and ensure that the trial is not prejudiced.