No SC Relief To Cop Who Was Wrongly Branded ‘Drunk’ In Viral Video
Policeman’s compensation plea for ‘defamation through social media’ has been turned down by the Supreme Court
A petition by 50-year-old Salim PK to demand compensation for ‘defamation through social media’ has been turned down by the Supreme Court.
Head Constable with the Delhi Police, Salim was filmed in August, 2015, staggering in a Delhi metro, allegedly due to inebriation. These claims were later proven false. Salim was actually experiencing a stroke when the video was taken.
An assessment of Salim’s medical records led to the revocation of his suspension. The time he was made to spend off duty was declared “spent on duty”.
His past medical history also includes a hemorrhage in 2012. He was operated for it at a private hospital at the Delhi government’s expense.
The video titled Drunk Delhi Policeman on Delhi metro-Funny went viral with over two-lakh-views daily.
However, the truth about the incident had to be later clarified following a harrowing series of events for Salim. After getting his suspension revoked and resuming his posting at the Civil Lines police station, he filed a petition with the Supreme Court.
Direct Union government, Press Council of India, Delhi government, commissioner of police and Delhi Metro to take appropriate steps to help him regain his lost dignity by working in coordination to publish or telecast prominently correct facts, particularly the medical disability leading to his collapse, by those media which published or shared the 37-second video clip with wrong and misleading title.The Petition
Salim asked to be compensated for the “worst kind of defamation one can suffer through social media”, according to a Daily Mail report.
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