Took long enough after publication of the original Caravan article, and yet again proves that strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) can be quite effective at stifling or at least significantly delaying dissent...

Live Law reported:

IIPM- Caravan Defamation Row: Delhi HC Lifts Gag Order On Magazine, Says Evidence Shows Article Based On Truth, Research [Read Judgment] | Live Law

The Delhi High Court has vacated the injunction order passed against Caravan magazine in the Rs 50 crore defamation suit filed by IIPM (Indian Institute of Planning and Management) founder and dean Arindam Chaudhari while upholding the magazine’s defence of truthfulness.

Justice Manmohan vacated the April 12, 2011 order of interim injunction passed by civil judge, Cachar, Silchar, Assam, and dismissed the application moved by IIPM.

“… this Court in the present case is of the prima facie view that the defendants have highlighted the evidence which is relevant and material on a matter of substantial importance and there is no material at this stage to conclude that the stories have been published by the defendants with a reckless disregard for truth or precipitated by actual malice or that the defence of justification/truthfulness/fair comment is one that cannot succeed,” ordered Justice Manmohan.