The ongoing defamation suit between MS Dhoni and Zee Media, which was filed by the former Indian cricketer, after he was linked in a report by the media house to the betting scandal in the Indian Premier League 2013, has come to a head. In the latest, the honourable Madras High Court has dismissed the appeal from Zee Media challenging the interrogations pertaining to the case raised by MS Dhoni.
The division bench of Justice R Mahadevan and Justice Mohammed Shaffiq “observed that interrogatories should not be narrowed down to technical limits but should be used liberally, to serve the ends of justice,” as per the report from Live Law. They also stated “that interrogatories give parties a “right to information” from the adversary and help speed up trial.”
The judges also talked about how MS Dhoni, a first respondent in the case, is a world-renowned cricketer from the country. And this should be enough of a reason for a news channel, Zee Media, to be cautious about levelling allegations against such a person.
“The first respondent is a cricketer of world repute and a dedicated person who represented our Country at the highest levels of international cricket with sincerity and devotion. When an allegation is made against such an international personality, the News Channel like that of the appellant herein, has to be cautious in telecasting news reports against such a person. The truth with regard to the allegations have to be properly ascertained without there being any iota of doubt,” the division bench observed.
Moreover, the Justice Mudgal Committee, which was appointed to look into the allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League some time ago, didn’t find the involvement of MS Dhoni in it.