Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece "Saamna" on Thursday assured the Bombay High Court that it would not reprint articles considered defamatory to Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane even as the court allowed the newspaper to publish fair and honest news and comments about Rane’s future conduct.
Hearing the Rs 25 crore defamation suit filed by Rane against Saamna, Justice DK Deshmukh allowed the newspaper to publish honest and fair comments about Rane’s future conduct and took on record Saamna’s undertaking that it would not repeat allegations contained in a series of articles published by it earlier in which he was referred to as "goonda" and "street fighter".
The court directed Saamna to file by February 1 its reply to the contentions made by Rane in his suit for damages and allowed Rane to file rejoinder by February 9. The matter has been adjourned to February 12 for arguments. Satish Maneshinde and VA Throat appeared for Rane while Srihari Aney appeared for the defendents.
Rane had filed a suit claiming Rs 25 crore damages from Saamna for publishing a series of articles against him since July 10, 2005 after he left Shiv Sena to join the congress. He said the impugned articles had defamed him and lowered his image in the eyes of public and more so to harm congress prospects in the forthcoming civic elections across the state.