Delhi Court issues summon to BBC, Wikipedia in relation to documentary on PM Narendra Modi

Today, a court in Delhi summoned BBC, a British broadcasting company, and Wikipedia in a defamation case filed by a BJP leader. The case is related to a documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the BJP leader is requesting that the court order them to refrain from publishing any defamatory material about the RSS or the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), including the 2002 Gujarat riots documentary.

According to reports, Internet Archive, a digital library based in the US, has been summoned by Ruchika Singla, an additional district judge. The defendants have been instructed to submit their response within 30 days after receiving the summons.

The petitioner has claimed that the documentary was made with the intention of defaming the RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad and their members. Despite being banned by the government, the documentary can still be accessed on the Internet Archive through links provided on a Wikipedia page dedicated to the series.

Vinay Kumar Singh, who is a member of the Jharkhand BJP state executive committee and an active volunteer of the RSS and VHP, alleged that the documentary vilified these organizations. He has asked the BBC and other respondents to apologize unconditionally for the defamatory content published in the two-volume documentary series.

“Pass a decree of damages of Rs 10 lakh in favour of the plaintiff and against the defendants,” it further urged the court.

The statement asserted that the accusations leveled against the RSS and VHP were made with the intention of maliciously defaming these organizations and their members/volunteers who are committed to upholding the cultural, social, and national values of India.

The allegations are baseless and have the potential to harm their reputation and image. The documentary has created fear among various groups and may lead to violence and disturbance of public order.

The BBC disseminated rumors without verifying their authenticity, leading to animosity between different faith communities, especially Hindus and Muslims, as per the complaint.

(Inputs from PTI)

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