Defamation case withdrawn

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/10/2017
The Wire reports that the Essel Group has withdrawn a defamation case against it for a story published in June this year based on a CAG report, about lottery irregularities in Mizoram. The Gauhati High Court's Aizawl bench stayed the defamation proceedings in the case. The interesting part is that the case was withdrawn after the freelance journalist who wrote the story signed an "informal MOU" with the Essel Group which said he would not pursue the story further.                  
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