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The Bombay High Court today accepted the unconditional apology tendered by Payal Ghosh in the defamation suit filed against her, Kamaal R Khan, and ABN Andhrajyothy by fellow actress Richa Chadha.
Ghosh submitted the apology along with a statement agreeing to withdraw all disputed posts uploaded by her against Chadha from all her social media handles.
Appearing for Chadha, Senior Advocate Dr. Virendra Tulzapurkar and Advocate Saveena Bedi Sachar of Lawhive Associates informed the Court that these terms have been agreed and signed by both parties. In view of the terms, the suit does not lie against Ghosh any more.
Dr. Tulzapurkar urged the Court to direct both Kamaal R Khan and ABN Andhrajyothy to withdraw the existing disputed content.
The Court asked Advocate Nikhil Mishra, appearing for ABN, if he had any instructions from the channel. Mishra informed the Court that the channel is willing to submit to the injunction order.
Advocate Manoj Gadkari, appearing for Kamaal R Khan, was asked by the Court whether or not he would withdraw the content. Gadkari informed the Court that his client wishes to make a statement that he will withdraw the disputed content.
When the Court asked him to file an affidavit to that effect, Gadkari said he needed more time. He further submitted that Khan would not upload any statement or share any content disputed by Chadha in the suit.
The Court recorded Gadkari's statement and granted him four weeks' time to file an affidavit in reply. An interim injunction was passed against ABN Andhrajyothy and another unknown party.
The suit was filed after Ghosh did an interview with ABN which was shared and publicised by Kamaal R Khan on his Twitter handle. In the interview, Ghosh had mentioned Chadha's name while making claims of sexual assault against Bollywood film director Anurag Kashyap.