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Praful sues for libel, publisher junks Bhargava’s book on AI’s ‘descent’

Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt Ltd has withdrawn the book, The Descent of Air India written by Jitender Bhargava, a former executive director of Air India. The publishing house has also apologised to former aviation minister Praful Patel, one of those criticised in the book.

business Updated: Jan 15, 2014 23:16 IST
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Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt Ltd has withdrawn the book, The Descent of Air India written by Jitender Bhargava, a former executive director of Air India. The publishing house has also apologised to former aviation minister Praful Patel, one of those criticised in the book.

Bhargava’s book, released on October 11 last year, had blamed Patel, among others, for AI’s downfall. Patel had filed a criminal defamation case against the publisher and author in a Mumbai court.

“I am happy that they (publisher) have seen the reason that such unsubstantiated information should not be published,” Patel told HT.

While Bloomsbury did not offer comments for the story, Bhargava said he will either re-print the book on his own or through a new publisher. “My book will be out soon as the facts I have written cannot be suppressed,” Bhargava told HT. The book, he said, had done well and had gone in for a second re-print.

“In the meantime I will go ahead with the e-book and will contest the legal notice as everything I have written is backed by documentary evidence,” said Bhargava. He did not rule out taking legal action against Bloomsbury. “The publisher was not only aware of the content of the book, it had appointed an editor to go through it and printed and re-printed the book.”

“After the book was released, attempts were made by Praful Patel to obstruct its distribution. Besides ensuring that the books were not sold at airport book stores; had TV channels to drop scheduled programmes relating to the book,” Bhargava said in a Facebook post.