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HC to hear injunction plea against Republic TV on August 31

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HC to hear injunction plea against Republic TV on August 31

Restraining both Republic TV and Times Now from reporting or publishing any news item with respect to the ongoing dispute, the Delhi High Court on Friday granted Republic TV six weeks’ time to file their written statement against the allegations made by Times Now. The court, however, has reserved August 31 as the final date for decision on the injunction plea of the Times Now group against Republic TV.

The order has come on the heels of Times Now’s plea alleging infringement of intellectual property rights against Republic TV. They have alleged that audio conversations between Lalu Prasad Yadav and Shahabuddin, which were aired on 6 May, 2017 (by Republic TV) and the audio conversations between defendant and Late Ms. Sunanda Pushkar recorded between 16 and 17 January, 2014 were in possession, held and controlled by “Times Now” channel for the purposes of airing the same on THE NEWS HOUR programme.

Citing the allegations, the channel requested the court to pass a decree of “permanent injunction” in favour of the Plaintiff (Times Now) and against the Defendants (Republic TV), its employees, assigns, nominees, etc. “restraining the Defendants, its employees, assigns, nominees, etc. from using or causing to use the intellectual properties of the Plaintiff as well as using the confidential information pertaining to the Plaintiff in any manner whatsoever,” reads the petition.

However, during the arguments, the counsel for the Republic TV denied all allegations.

“Learned senior counsel for defendant nos.1 & 2 as well as Mr. Sandeep Sethi, learned senior counsel for defendant no.3 deny that Clause (4) of defendant no.2’s appointment letter dated 31st March, 2005 and Clause (6) of defendant no.3’s appointment letter dated 16th June, 2005 has been violated. They further state that their clients have no intention of violating the aforesaid clauses. The statements made by learned senior counsel for the defendants are accepted by this Court and defendant nos.1 to 3 are held bound by the same,” reads the court order. 

The matter will now come up for hearing on August 31.

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