Outlook expresses regret to M K Venu, case dropped
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Following publication of the statement expressing regret, Venu has withdrawn a criminal defamation case against Outlook he filed in a Delhi court in November 2010.
"The cover image of the The 2G Scam Tapes (November 29, 2010) mistakenly included a photograph of Financial Express managing editor M K Venu with a caption that read, 'In the Ring'. This appeared to imply that he was part of a group that worked to perpetuate the then Telecom Minister A Raja in power, resulting in the scam. This was not our intention and we regret the impression created," Outlook said in a statement.
"We are happy to draw our readers' attention to M K Venu's consistent criticism of Raja's telecom policy in his various published articles since 2007. Readers will bear in mind the foregoing clarification when viewing the November 29, 2010, cover page and cover story of Outlook. Readers may also bear in mind that because of technical limitations, this clarification may not accompany every online reproduction of the story anywhere else, where Outlook may not have control. In view of a resolution of the matter and issuance of this clarification, M K Venu has withdrawn the litigation filed against Outlook," it stated.
The case, which was being heard in a magistrate's court in the Saket district court complex, was disposed Friday after the judge was satisfied that the settlement was amicable.
Venu said, "I have been pursuing this case for almost two years and am now satisfied with the outcome and the fact that Outlook has issued a formal apology."
Shut stone crushers, brick kilns in Kaziranga vicinity: Tribunal
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