Bengaluru court directed former PM HD Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore to NICE Ltd for allegedly defaming the company in 2011

Bengaluru Court recently directed former Prime Minister of India HD Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore as damages to infrastructure development company, Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) for a defamatory statement made by him against the company in an interview given to a local news channel

the complaint filed by the NICE, whose promoter and managing director is Ashok Kheny, a former Bidar South MLA.Referring to the interview telecast by a Kannada news channel under the caption “Gowdara Garjane” on June 28, 2011, the court directed Deve Gowda to pay damages of Rs 2 crore to the company for the loss of its reputation on account of defamatory comments made by him.He was against the NICE project and he had called it a ‘loot’

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