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Delhi HC restrains Malpani from making defamatory comments against WhiteHat Jr: Report

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained investor Aniruddha Malpani from making any defamatory comment and statements against WhiteHat Jr and its employees, Bar & Bench reported.  On Monday, Byju's-owned WhiteHat Jr had managed to obtain a partial gag order from the Delhi High Court in a similar defamation case filed against Pradeep Poonia, who has been openly critical of the company’s practices and the resultant impact of children. Justice Mukta Gupta, who also ruled on the Poonia case, ordered Malpani to remove some of his tweets. In his tweets, Malpani called the company a racket, compared it to a pig, and accused it of being shameless and stealing information from Code.org, according to an account of the hearing from Bar & Bench.  For the record, Malpani had not compared the company to a pig, but referred to WhiteHat Jr.’s  appointment of Sameer Bajaj, as a company executive, as “appointing a spin doctor is like putting lipstick on a pig”. The lawsuit mentions over 30 tweets which it alleges are defamatory or infringes upon the company’s trademark. Claiming ₹14 crore in damages, the company also alleged unfair competition and disparagement by Malpani, whose firm has invested in ed-tech startups.  In the defamation suit, WhiteHat Jr and its co-founder and chief executive officer Karan Bajaj claimed that Malpani’s tweets contain “unfounded allegations” that the company's operations are corrupt and unethical, that it’s employers are unqualified, its service is overpriced and unhealthy for children, and also that WhiteHat Jr’s course material is…

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