In a major development, Wikipedia had removed the link of Internet Archive related to the banned documentary (both parts) titled, “India: The Modi question” from their sites, after a defamation suit was filed by author and activist Binay Kumar Singh over the controversial documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Notably, a Delhi court on May 3 issued summons to BBC, Wikimedia Foundation and Internet Archive after a defamation suit was filed by Singh.
Additional District Judge Ruchika Singla of Rohini Courts issued the summons and listed it for hearing on May 11.
The court has given 30 days to the defendants to file written replies to the suit. The suit stated that the allegations made in the documentary against the RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad were motivated by malicious intent to defame the organisations and their members or volunteers.
The plaintiff Binay Kumar Singh while speaking to Organiser said that the defendants in the case have violated the law by illegally making available the banned documentary. “Wikimedia, BBC got scared with our action, the fight is still on”, he said.
“It is a moral victory for us, no one is allowed to disrespect the law of the land in India. BBC’s bias against India is no secret.”, he told Organiser.
“The documentary is banned and the links to it are still available in the Indian cyberspace. This shows how much these persons (defendants) respect the Indian government and the Indian law,” he said.
“They have misreported many cases not only in India but worldwide. There are cases of war misreporting. There are severe allegation of sexual abuse against their senior officials inside the BBC premises. And most of the allegations still remain unanswered. When it comes to India, the bias of BBC is in open,” he added.