JAY SHAH CASE: GUJARAT HIGH COURT REJECTS PLEA AGAINST TRIAL COURT’S GAG ORDER

The Gujarat High Court has rejected a petition by The Wire that challenged a gag order passed by a lower court in a civil defamation case filed by BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah over an article published by the news portal.

The High Court also directed the trial court to decide the matter within 30 days, adding further, that if any of the parties felt aggrieved by the Final Order that may be passed by the Trial Court on the injunction application, it would be open to challenge it before an appropriate forum in accordance with law.

Last month, the Court issued an ex-parte injunction against the portal, prohibiting it from publishing, broadcasting or printing “in any manner” in any language on the basis of the article published by the website about Mr. Jay Shah “directly or indirectly” till the defamation suit has been disposed of.