The Supreme Court on Monday sought the response of online news portal The Wire and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in a case relating to criminal defamation proceedings against the portal by a JNU professor. [Amita Singh v. The Wire through its Editor Siddharth Bhatia and anr].When the matter was taken up today, a Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia orally remarked that it was hard to see how a case of defamation was made out. .However, the top court proceeded to issue notice after impleading JNU in the appeal..The appellant, Professor Amita Singh of JNU's Centre for Law & Governance, challenged a Delhi High Court order from March that had quashed the summons issued by a magistrate court in criminal defamation proceedings initiated by her against The Wire..The Wire's report alleged that Prof Singh had led a group of JNU teachers who compiled a 200-page dossier that termed JNU a "den of organised sex racket".According to the report, the dossier was titled ‘Jawaharlal Nehru University: The Den of Secessionism and Terrorism'.The news report also stated that the dossier was submitted to the JNU administration and that the latter had accused some JNU teachers of encouraging a decadent culture in JNU and of legitimising separatist movements in India..A criminal defamation case was filed by Singh against The Wire and its reporter in 2016.A magistrate issued summons in the case in February 2017. However, seven years later, the matter was still stalled at the stage of framing notice.The High Court made note of this aspect as well before staying the proceedings before the trial court.Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani further noted that the publication did not claim that Singh was involved in any wrongdoing. Further, it did not speak of the Professor in any derogatory, derisive, or denigrating terms, the Court observed while quashing the summons..This prompted Prof Singh to approach the Supreme Court in appeal. The appeal was filed through Advocate RP Singh.