SSR friend sues Republic, seeks 200 crore for defaming him
Film producer and friend of actor Sushant Singh Rajput — Sandip Ssingh, who was under the scanner after he was seen taking an active lead in events following the actor’s death — slapped a legal notice on Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami claiming Rs 200 crore as compensation for “maligning his image in public” and for terming Ssingh a “key conspirator” and “murderer”.
The legal notice demands that the channel “drop all malicious footage and articles telecast against Ssingh” and “tender an unconditional public apology in writing/video”.
Speaking to TOI on Thursday, Singh said, “Money alone can’t compensate for the image and respect that I have lost in these past four months. …Because of the slander campaign that the channel ran against me everyday, financiers for my future projects are backing out, and exhibitors and distributors of our new film, ‘PM Narendra Modi’, are apprehensive about giving it too many shows when they see my name attached.” He added: “Thank god for the CBI enquiry. I was waiting to get my confidence back and take the right step.”
The notice was sent on Wednesday highlighting news items carried by the channel “with a criminal intent to extort money.”
“I’ve been accused of being a drug peddler, being connected to Dawood. They ran a hashtag asking for my arrest for 50 days at a stretch while their correspondents kept stalking my car or tried entering my house” said Ssingh. Ssingh says his legal notice was an attempt to rebuild his reputation and save himself from the trauma that the channel has caused him. “Will he (Goswami) go on air and apologise to me for 50 days? If he can’t, let’s fight the legal battle.”