In a recent development, the Delhi High Court has directed YouTuber and journalist Shyam Meera Singh to take down a video titled “How Gurmeet Ram Rahim fooled his followers?” within the next 24 hours. The court found the video to be prima facie defamatory against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
During the hearing today, Justice Jasmeet Singh pointed out that the video lacks a disclaimer about the sources of the allegations made against Gurmeet Ram Rahim. As a result, the court ordered Shyam Meera Singh to remove the video from all social media platforms promptly.
However, the Delhi High Court clarified that Shyam Meera Singh has the option to create a new video with a disclaimer stating that certain portions of the content were derived from trial court orders and a book written by journalist Anurag Tripathi.
The legal battle unfolded when Gurmeet Ram Rahim sued Shyam Meera Singh for defamation, claiming that the video was an attempt to prejudice his pending appeal before the High Court. The video in question has been available on YouTube for the past month.
Shyam Meera Singh defended his work by stating that the video was based on information from trial court orders and Anurag Tripathi’s book, “Dera Sacha Sauda and Gurmeet: A Decade-long Investigation.” Singh argued that the video is a journalistic endeavor and highlighted that Gurmeet Ram Rahim has not taken any action against Anurag Tripathi, despite his book being in the public domain since 2018.
In response to Singh’s claim that he was forced to put the video on private mode for two days due to the opposing party, Justice Jasmeet Singh labeled the tweet as unfair. The court clarified that it does not force anyone and emphasized that putting the video on private mode was a concession. The bench further noted that it was Singh’s advocate who had suggested putting the video in private mode, and as a result, the court had directed that the video would remain in private mode until January 10.
The case highlights the complex interplay between freedom of expression and potential defamation, with the court aiming to strike a balance by allowing the YouTuber to create a revised video with proper disclaimers. The matter is scheduled for further hearings as the legal battle continues.
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