Actor Richa Chadda won the defamation case she had against Payal Ghosh. She had filed the case after the latter used dragged her name through the mud in relation to Anurag Kashyap.
The actor Payal Ghosh had accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of sexual misconduct and in the interview she had taken Richa Chadda’s name with Huma Qureshi and Mahie Gill. While others have yet to comment, Richa Took Legal action against defaming her.
The law suit also was against self proclaimed film critic Kamaal R Khan and a TV channel.
Richa has won the case and after getting an apology, she has decided not to press for monetary compensation.
Payal Ghosh’s lawyer in court said,”She (the actor) said it innocently. Payal Ghosh is a big follower of the plaintiff (Chadha) and respects her. She is ready to withdraw the statement and tender apology. She regrets whatever she said and her intention was never to defame any woman.”
Richa however seemed satisfied with the apology and decided to drop 1.1 crore of compensation.
“Out of respect for the court and the proceedings on October 7, I decided not to press for monetary compensation. It was not about money anyway. You can’t put a price on my reputation. I had sued for Rs 1.1 crore which is very close to the bare minimum in a defamatory case in the Bombay High Court. I didn’t start it, but I have finished it.”
Even after Payal Ghosh’s lawyer told the court that she would apologise, the actor took to Twitter to say that she would not.
On that Richa said,”The court has constantly recorded what is right and I’d not hold Twitter over the court. It is not just an apology; it is the consent terms as an undertaking, which is sacrosanct. My fans may want more, but this was not about money, only about my respect.”
Richa’s team also issued a statement regarding the matter.
The statement read as, ”Richa Chadha is elated with the outcome of the Case and is thankful to the Hon’ble Bombay High Court. The Court has accepted the consent terms as an undertaking to the Hon’ble Court in the Suit with Payal Ghosh giving Richa Chadha an unconditional apology and withdrawal of all statements defamatory posts also including videos and also agreeing not to state, make, publish, republish any defamatory, insulting, humiliating statements against Richa Chadha related to the subject matter of the Suit and/or any issue, dispute, complaint, suit, action, controversy, nefarious activity and/or criminal activity between Payal Ghosh and any person/party.”