New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue court on Thursday exempted Congress leader Jairam Ramesh from making a personal appearance for the day in a criminal defamation case filed by Vivek Doval.
The court also granted bail to Editor-in-chief Paresh Nath of the Caravan magazine and journalist Kaushal Shroff in the criminal defamation case against them. The bail has been personal bond of ₹20,000 with surety of ₹1 lakh.
Doval had filed the defamation suit after The Caravan published an article which alleged that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s sons run a web of companies, including a Cayman Islands hedge fund to round-trip black money in the time of demonetization, even as their father demands a crackdown on tax havens. He had then filed case against Ramesh saying that the Congress leader had run a “malicious campaign" against the Doval family.
The case will be next heard on May 9 and Ramesh has been asked to be present in the court that day. His bail plea will be heard when he next appears in the court.
Vivek Doval was represented by Advocate D.P. Singh, while Jairam Ramesh was represented by Advocate Omar Hoda. Paresh Nath was represented by Senior Advocate Rebecca John and advocate Rajat Agnihotri. Kaushal Shroff was represented by Advocates Bhavook Chauhaan and Harsh Bora.