Islamic preacher Zakir Naik took Times Now editor-in-chief to task by taking him to court and slapping a Rs 500-crore defamation suit against him. Naik has also sought an unconditional apology from Goswami.
Naik’s lawyer Mubin Solkar charged Arnab Goswami with besmirching Naik’s fair name by running a hate campaign against him and running a media trial against him. He asked the Times Now channel to withdraw the comments made against Naik.
Solkar issued notices against Arnab Goswami, Megha Prasad, Bureau Chief Times Now, Avinash Kaul, CEO Times Now, Sunil Lulla CEO Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd and Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd.
It may be mentioned here that of late, Goswami has been churning stories against Naik ever since it came into news that the preacher’s sermons had inspired the terrorists involved in the Dhaka attack were inspired by his speeches.
The defamation notice says that Arnab made false and defamatory statements against Naik causing grave and irreparable damage to his reputation. The notice also stated that Goswami has hurt the Muslim sentiments, which respects the controversial preacher.
The Islamic preacher, who is the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, has been highlighted by the media in regard with the missing Kerala youths, who allegedly joined the Islamic State.
Meanwhile, Goswami and another well-known TV journalist Barkha Dutt have come out all guns blazing against at one another. While the duo were busy indulging in getting the better of each other, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle has come out by defining the role of a journalist. This came a day after Goswami slammed Dutt by calling for restraint on journalism.
Goswami had slammed the NDTV journalist by ridiculing so-called ‘pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan’ journalists. In a Facebook update, Dutt said she was ashamed to be from the same industry as Goswami, while he said that some channels were sympathetic to terrorists.