The Supreme Court calls IIPM’s Rs 50-crore suit against The Caravan “bogus,” transfers it to Delhi

13 August 2015

A case filed against The Caravan by Arindam Chaudhuri’s Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and one Kishorendu Gupta was yesterday shifted from the trial court at Silchar, Assam, to the Delhi High Court. While delivering the order on the matter, which has been pending in the Supreme Court for four years, Justice Madan B Lokur, who was hearing the case, along with Justice RK Agarwal, described IIPM’s suit as “bogus litigation.”

In February 2011, The Caravan published a cover story on Arindam Chaudhuri, the director of the IIPM. The piece, by Siddhartha Deb, one of the magazine’s contributing editors, was acclaimed for its nuanced portrayal of a controversial figure, and for its insight into the educational aspirations of thousands of young people who enrolled at the IIPM.

Soon after publication, the IIPM filed a Rs 50-crore lawsuit against The Caravan, citing “grave harassment and injury.” In addition to The Caravan and its proprietors, the suit charges Siddhartha Deb, Penguin (the publisher of Deb’s book The Beautiful and The Damned, in which the article was a chapter), and Google India (which, the suit alleges, has been “publishing, distributing, giving coverage, circulating, blogging the defamatory, libelous and slanderous articles”).