Court says Sumargi’s defamation claim against Kantipur can’t be sustainedAjeya Raj Sumargi had filed the case in 2018 stating that reports published by Kantipur daily about his assets defamed him.
Kathmandu District Court on Tuesday said that claims presented in a defamation case by Ajeya Raj Sumargi against Kantipur Publications can’t be sustained.
A single bench of Judge Narayan Prasad Subedi passed the judgment in the case Sumargi filed in 2018 stating that reports published by Kantipur daily, the Post’s sister paper, about his assets defamed him.
The reports that said his assets lacked legitimate sources were baseless and that Kantipur Publications had committed a crime by doing so, Sumargi had claimed.
Kantipur Publications Chairman and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya, Director Swastika Sirohiya and Kantipur’s Editor-in-Chief Sudheer Sharma were named defendants in the case.
Sumargi had sought compensation of Rs 250 million from the defendants stating that he incurred losses due to the reports about his business, which he claimed were being operated with foreign investment.
Though the district court, on its website, mentioned that the petitioner’s claims can’t be sustained, it is yet to release the full text of judgment.