KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court has set three days from Nov 7 to hear the lawsuit filed by businessman Datuk R.Ramanan against MyWatch chairman Datuk R. Sri Sanjeevan for allegedly publishing two defamatory tweets against him.
Justice Hue Siew Kheng fixed the date for the hearing proper after meeting the parties in chambers.
Speaking to the media later, Sanjeevan’s lawyer S.Preakas said the parties are now in the midst of exchanging documents for the preparation of the trial.
“Both parties have filed the witness list, agreed facts and others for the trial,” he added.
In his suit, Ramanan, 35, former MIC treasurer-general, said Sanjeevan had on Feb 21 published defamatory statements via a Twitter account belonging to him.
He said the tweets had implied that he had forged the signature of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ramanan said his character and reputation has been tarnished due to the publication of the tweets and that he has been brought into public scandal, odium, contempt and suffered damages.
He said Sanjeevan, 31, named as the sole defendant, had refused to retract the tweets, issue an apology and pay a reasonable sum as compensation.
In his amended statement of defence dated June 20, Sanjeevan denied
publishing the tweets.
Alternatively, Sanjeevan said the disputed statements are fair comments regarding public interest and its publication is protected under qualified privilege.
Among others, Sanjeevan said the disputed statements is merely to
invite an investigation regarding the issue.