Adanis sue The Wire

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/01/2018
The Adani group has filed a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit against The Wire for an analysis published on November 11, 2017 which asked if it made economic sense for the state-owned  Indian Oil Corporation and Gail India to pick up stakes in the Adani group-promoted LNG terminals in Odisha and Gujarat. While the facts of the story were reported by other papers, the website quoted an expert asking how a  PSU could justify such a big stake  in a   private sector company which was already highly leveraged with the banks.  The story also said that the  Adanis' outstanding debt was the highest for any corporate group in the country.                                      
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