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Media gag in Sreejith case unconstitutional: Kerala HC stays Karunagappally court's order

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has stayed a sub-court's order banning media from reporting on Sreejith Vijayan, who is facing charges of financial fraud along with CPM state president Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Binoy Kodiyeri in Dubai.

The HC stated that the gag order issued by Karunagappally sub-court judge was 'unconstitutional'. The order banning the media coverage was issued on Sunday, a day before UAE national Hasan Ismaeel al-Marzooqi, who had accused Binoy of cheating his company JAAS Tourism LLC in Dubai, was to address reporters in the state. The gag order on Thiruvananthapuram Press Club and media was issued by the lower court judge on a complaint filed by Sreejith. A copy of the order was also pasted in front of the Press Club.

The HC stayed the lower court order following an appeal filed by Malayala Manorama.

'Media gag unconstitutional': Kerala HC stays Karunagappally sub-court order The gag order on Thiruvananthapuram Press Club and media was issued by the lower court judge on a complaint filed by Sreejith

Marzooqi, who claimed that Binoy and Sreejith had cheated his firm of Rs 23 crore, had canceled the meet.

Sreejith moved the court alleging that Rakhul Krishnan, who is among the complainants along with Marzooqi, had misused his name. It was on this complaint that the court issued the order banning reports, statements or debates on the case.

The notice was issued to Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi, Mangalam, Kerala Kaumudi, Marunadan Malayali, Manorama News, Asianet News, Mathrubhumi News and News 18. The Press Club and Rakhul Krishna too have been named as defendants.

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