Delhi High Court imposes fine on controversial former MP Sasikala Pushpa and orders to pay Rs. Two lakhs each to Facebook and Google-YouTube

Stating that the public has a right to know the personal lives of politicians, Delhi High Court slaps a fine on former AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa

Stating that the public has a right to know the personal lives of politicians. Delhi High Court slaps a fine on former AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa
Stating that the public has a right to know the personal lives of politicians, Delhi High Court slaps a fine on former AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa

The Delhi High Court has imposed Rs. Four Lakhs fine on controversial former AIADMK Member of Parliament (MP) Sasikala Pushpa and directed her to pay Rs. Two lakhs to each to Facebook on one hand and Google and YouTube together on the other. Sasikala Pushpa who was caught in many issues in her personal life has recently joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). She approached the Court against Facebook, Google and YouTube to remove her old controversial photos with DMK’s MP Tiruchi Siva, who was later beaten by her in public at the Delhi Airport.

Pushpa who was known as AIADMK’s erstwhile No: 2 Sasikala is popularly known as Sasikala Pushpa came in contact with DMK MP Tiruchi Siva. That time Siva was a widower and a lot of gossips started in Delhi as well as in Chennai and both MPs got a warning from the top leaders of AIADMK and DMK. By this time many videos and photos of AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa started emerging in the public domain and some photos were also with DMK MP Tiruchi Siva. Pushpa was married then. After a few months, Siva was beaten by Pushpa in Delhi airport in public glare and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa directed her to resign the MP post from Rajya Sabha. Rejecting Jaya’s order, Pushpa even spoke in Rajya Sabha against the party and sought protection. With this incident, the party had totally distanced from her. She even accused Jayalalithaa of slapping her and sought protection from Rajya Sabha[1].

Later she married another person, which was objected to by that person’s wife. The person’s wife approached the court to nullify the “illegal marriage” of her husband with Pushpa. Pushpa is mostly staying in Delhi nowadays. As she became a persona non grata in Dravidian parties, she has recently joined the BJP[2] in the presence of BJP General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao.

To hush-up her controversial past, she approached Delhi High Court in September 2016 seeking direction to social media platforms to delete her old photos of romancing with DMK MP Tiruchi Siva.

Rejecting her petition and imposing Rs. Four lakhs in total, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw in Judgment said that the electorate has a right to know about the “behind curtains meetings” of a politician. The Delhi High Court also imposed costs on Sasikala Pushpa, directing her to pay Rs 2 lakh each to Facebook on one hand and Google and YouTube LLC together on the other.

Earlier, when the matter came up before Court, the ex-parte injunction was issued against the social media platforms, restraining them from publishing, broadcasting, distributing, etc any defamatory material in the nature of photographs relatable to Sasikala Pushpa. “When the Court perused the photographs, it was observed that while they appeared to have been taken inside a house and/or in the private garden of a house, none of them could be classified as obscene or showing the Plaintiff and the man in the picture in any compromising or scandalizing position. At least in one of the frames of the first photograph, the Plaintiff and the man appear to be posing for the photograph though other photographs may fall in the genre of those taken without the knowledge of the plaintiff and the man, the Court added,” said the report published by the legal reporting website Bar & Bench. The details of the case and full Judgment can be read here[3].

References:

[1] AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa says my leader slapped me, Jayalalithaa sacks herAug 7, 2016, The Indian Express

[2] Former AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa joins BJPFeb 2, 2020, The News Minute

[3] Electorate has the right to know about ‘behind curtains’ meetings: Delhi HC imposes a cost on Sasikala Pushpa to be paid to Facebook, GoogleJun 3, 2020, Bar&Bench.com

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