A defamation suit of Rs 5,000 crore has been filed against Congress-owned National Herald newspaper by the Reliance Group of Companies led by Anil Ambani. Reliance Defence, Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Aerostructure have filed a civil defamation suit against the publisher of the National Herald, Associated Journals Limited, editor-in-charge Zafar Agha and the author of the article. The move by Reliance group of Companies has come after it claimed that an article which was published on Rafale deal in the newspaper was libellous and derogatory.

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group of Companies had filed the defamation suit against National Herald on Friday. The Court has issued a notice, seeking a response on the matter from the respondent by September 7.

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In the defamation suit, it has been alleged that the article which was published in the National Herald with the title Anil Ambani floated Reliance Defence 10 days before Modi announced Rafale deal was libellous and defamatory.

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While Anil Ambani led Reliance Group of Companies have filed a defamation suit against National Herald, the Congress party on the other side is mulling out ways to expose the deal. Recently, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had initiated a 6-member hand-picked team to expose Rafale scam nationwide.

The members who will be part of this 6-member team to expose the deal are Arjun Modwadia, Jaipal Reddy, Shakti Singh Gohil. Priyanka Chaturvedi, Jaiveer Shergill and Pawan Khera.

Previously also, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Rafale deal was a scam and accused PM Modi-led government of corruption by not disclosing details of the deal like its actual cost and other information. However, replying to Rahul Gandhi’s charges, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that the information regarding the Rafale deal cannot be made public in view of the national security and other boundations.