Ravindra Jadeja sues Rajkot newspaper for defamation; seeks damages of Rs 51 crore

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against the editor of a Rajkot-based evening newspaper, seeking damaged of Rs 51 crore.

As reported by Indian Express, Satish Mehta, editor and owner of ‘Aabtak’ was issued a summons by Principal senior civil judge P B Parmar, asking the editor to be present in court on February 4.

On November 20, 2014, the paper had published a report alleging that Jadeja and his business partner Jenesih Ajmera had links with Bali Dangar. Danger is facing charges of land grabbing and extortion.

The Saurashtra cricketer owns a restaurant, `Jaddu’s Food Field’, on Kalavad road in the city.

Advocate Hiren Bhatt, Jadeja’s lawyer, was quoted as saying, “We had to move the court after we failed to get response to legal notices sent to the editor. The paper had published the news without verifying it and the news has damaged the reputation of my client. Jadeja has no links or has never met Dangar in his life. The newspaper says that Ajmera is Jadeja’s partner in the restaurant, which is wrong. Ajmera is not his partner in any business.”

Mehta, however could not be contacted.