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article imageIndian blogger faces $1 million defamation suit

By Armstrong Vaz     Jan 15, 2009 in Environment
A group of social activists held a meet in Panjim, Goa to demand the immediate withdrawal of the R.500 crore ($125,000 US ) defamation suit against anti-mining activist Sebastian Rodrigues.
They have warned of broad-basing their anti-mining stir in case Fomento fail to comply with this demand. At the meet, the company’s vice-president (communications) Sujay Gupta came under verbal attack from almost all social activists, who addressed the meet.
Sociedade de Fomento Industrial private Limited has filed a defamation suit against Siolim-based environmentalist Seby Rodrigues seeking damages to the tune of Rs.500 crore for allegedly defaming the company through posts on his blog (www.mandgoa.blogspot.com).
Interestingly, however, the defamation suit has been filed before the Kolkata High Court by Sujay Gupta, who is the company’s vice-president (Communications) claiming that the website had circulation all over India including the city of Kolkata and was accessible from any corner of the world through the internet. Gupta, a former journalist who recently joined the Timblo-run Fomento group, said Seby, for quite some, had been creating unwanted, unwarranted obstruction to the functioning of the plaintiff at Colomba and Advalpal mines for which various proceedings followed and all such proceedings had gone in favour of the plaintiff
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