EPW Editor Steps Down After Legal Notice by Adani Group

Guha Thakurta’s resignation follows a defamation notice served to him and others by the Adani Group earlier in July.

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Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (R) has stepped down from his position as the Economic and Political Weekly’s editor. 

Economic and Political Weekly editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta resigned from his position on Tuesday, following a legal notice served by the Adani Group after a recent controversial story which allegedly sought to expose an Adani Group company for reclaiming a refund from the Customs authorities without paying the duty, The Quint has learned.

Speaking to The Quint, Guha Thakurta said:

I would much rather not talk about the reasons behind my resignation. But I will say this that I’m honoured to have been the editor of a prestigious and internationally renowned journal like the EPW for the past 15 months. It was an interesting challenge, but I am relieved and happy to have resigned now. I look forward to spending time with my wife and our children in Delhi. 

Adani Power had sent a legal notice to EPW, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and the co-authors of the article titled ‘Modi Government's Rs 500 Crore Bonanza to Adani Group Company’ on 5 July, and earlier to The Wire on 24 June (for re-publishing the article). The story is still available on The Wire, but has been taken down from the EPW’s website.

Sanjeev Thaker, Gautam Adani’s lawyer, told The Quint that he had sent a rejoinder to the EPW’s response to his client’s defamation notice. However, he declined to share their response on grounds of it being a sub-judice matter.

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