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Criminal defamation case filed against The Wire by E-Cool Gaming

E-Cool Gaming Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has filed a Criminal Defamation Case against Foundation for Independent Journalism, which runs The Wire, its co-founder Siddharth Varadarajan, and others in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Aizawl District Court, Aizawl (Mizoram). The defamation case alleges that this article, which reported on a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) investigation on an alleged Rs 11,000 Crore lottery irregularity in the the Mizoram lottery tender and revenue-sharing process from 2012-2015. Nigam Kumar, a lawyer representing E-Cool told MediaNama that the summons was issued on July 7th (last Friday) and that the next hearing is in first week of September. Siddharth Varadarajan, co-Founder of The Wire, told MediaNama that they have received no information from Subhash Chandra (Chairman of the Essel Group), his companies, their lawyers, or court. E-Cool, as per the story in the Wire, is believed to be closely associated with the Essel Group. The story, titled "Spotlight on Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group as CAG Probes Rs 11,000 Crore Lottery Irregularity" by Jay Sayta of glaws.in, alleged that as per the CAG report, companies awarded tenders have "not deposited proceeds from the sale of lottery tickets to the consolidated fund of the state, as required under the Lotteries (Regulation) Rules, 2010. The CAG report also states that out of the sale of lottery tickets of Rs 11,834.22 crores, only Rs 25.45 crores was deposited in the state exchequer." The defamation case alleges that "facts regarding the CAG Report titled Performance Audit of Mizoram State…

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