Maulana Badruddin Ajmal slaps defamation on NewsX TV Channel

The perfume baron Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief slammed a criminal case against NewsX, a Indian TV channel in English this week.

The party’s Dhubri district unit has registered the case against the channel charging it of airing contents defaming the party and its members on Tuesday.

Ajmal had announced that he would sue the particular TV channel for broadcasting a news item in which his party was linked with Islamist fundamentalist outfits. The report cited a so-called report by the Intelligence Bureau that AIUDF had links with jihadi elements and that it had sent youths from Assam to Bangladesh for training.

“The news item is completely baseless and has damaged our reputation and the party’s position,” Ajmal had said, who is also the chief of Assam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind.

A S Tapader, Ajmal's spokesman, told said, “The case was registered under sec 500, 501 and 34 of IPC. Seven top officials of the TVchannel were charged with maligning the party’s image before the public.”

As per Sec 500, anyone defaming someone else shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Sec 501 is slapped upon whoever prints or engraves any matter, knowing or having good reason to believe that such matter is defamatory of any person and sec 34 is against a criminal act by several persons in common intention.

The complainant in the case, advocate Masud Akhtar Zaman who is also the party’s spokesperson of Dhubri district unit, told that soon they are going to slap a ‘money suit’ against the TV channel too.

“This is the first case registered from party workers. Soon other members will too slap cases against the channel. Even our West Bengal counterparts are also readying a case against it,” said Zaman.