Ravindra Jadeja is in Australia currently © IANS
Ravindra Jadeja is in Australia currently © IANS

Jan 21, 2015

Ravindra Jadeja, the India and Sourashtra all-rounder has filed a defamation suit against the editor of a Rajkot-based evening newspaper, ‘Aabtak’ for defamation, seeking damages of Rs 51 crore, The Indian Express reported. Jadeja is currently in Australia, for representing India in Australia tri-series and in World Cup.

The controversy popped up when the newspaper came out with a report alleging that Jadeja and his business partner Jenesih Ajmera had links with Bali Dangar who is facing charges of land grabbing and extortion. It was published on November 20, 2014. Jadeja owns a restaurant, `Jaddu’s Food Field’, on Kalavad road in Rajkot.

“We had to move the court after we failed to get response to legal notices sent to the editor,” said advocate Hiren Bhatt, Jadeja’s lawyer. “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,”advocate Bhatt further added.

Principal senior civil judge P B Parmar issued a summons to Satish Mehta, editor and owner of `Aabtak’, asking him to remain present in the court on February 4.