The Patiala House Court in Delhi has barred Shikhar Dhawan estranged wife from making defamatory statements about the Indian cricketer.
The family court issued an order directing Dhawan’s estranged wife, Australian national Aesha Mukerji, not to post anything defamatory about Dhawan on social media or say anything that could harm his reputation.
Dhawan filed a court petition against Mukerji, alleging that his estranged wife had threatened to ruin his career and had even sent defamatory messages to the CEO of the IPL franchise Delhi Capitals, Dheeraj Malhotra, with the intent of tarnishing his reputation.
Dhawan’s son from this marriage is currently in Mukerji’s custody in Australia. Judge Harish Kumar, on the other hand, stated that if Mukerji has “real” grievances against Dhawan, she cannot be prevented from filing them with the appropriate authority.
“Reputation of a person is dear to everyone” – Judge Harish Kumar about Shikhar Dhawan
“Reputation of a person is dear to everyone and is considered as property of highest degree because materialistic property can be regained after loss but reputation cannot be regained once damaged. Therefore, it has got to be protected. However, it is equally true that if anyone has lawful grievance against someone, he or she cannot be restrained from venting out his or her grievance to concerned authority,” Kumar was quoted as saying by barandbench website.
However, the judge said: “She can certainly be restrained from sharing her grievance against him (Dhawan) with her friends, relatives, peers of parties as well as from making it public even before approaching the appropriate authority.”
“In these circumstances, she is hereby restrained till further order from circulating any of her grievances against Dhawan or her version of the dispute involved herein or the alleged defamatory and false material against him in social media, print media or to any other forum or to friends, relatives or colleagues of the parties,” Kumar said.
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