Here's why Jet Airways sued this Indian journalist for Rs 1000 crore

Jet Airways has filed a Rs 1000 crore defamation suit against Josy Joseph for something that he had published in his book, 'A feast of Vultures'.

Investigative journalism is no piece of cake. It takes courage to speak the truth and shame the devil. However, there are prices to be paid. The second largest airline company in the country, Jet Airways has sued Josy Joseph for Rs 1000 crore.

Why you ask? Earlier this year, Joseph wrote a book titled ‘A feast of vultures’ in which he wrote about the alleged links between Jet airways and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Jet airways founder-chairman Naresh Goyal has filed a Rs 1000 crore defamation suit on Joseph.

Joseph in his book claimed that in December 2001, Intelligence Bureau chief KP Singh and Joint Director Anjan Ghosh had informed the Ministry of Home Affairs that he has evidence about the gangsters Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and Naresh Goyal has an interaction which has something to do with settling finances.

Joseph’s lawyer told Scroll that two defamation suits seeking Rs 1,000 crore in damages were filed in the Bombay High Court by Jet Airways and Naresh Goyal. Out of which, one was against Joseph and HarperCollins, and the other against Outlook India for publishing the extract.

However, the Joseph has refused to back out and his lawyer has maintained that they have enough evidence to prove their stand.

“They are scared the allegations will hurt their reputation. But we stand by the story, we have documented proof for every claim made in the book. We have evidence to defend ourselves,” Joseph lawyer Uttam Datt told Scroll.

Even when the book was published this year, Joseph had made it clear that was aware of the consequences of the matter published and ready to face them.