Businessworld sends defamation notice to Twitter users for sharing screenshot of LinkedIn interaction

The interaction had a former Businessworld employee asking the magazine's chairman to 'pay salaries on time'.

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Businessworld sends defamation notice to Twitter users for sharing screenshot of LinkedIn interaction
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Business magazine Businessworld served two Twitter users with defamation notices this week for sharing a screenshot of a LinkedIn interaction between Businessworld chairman Annurag Batra and a former employee of the magazine.

The screenshot in question was a LinkedIn post by Batra that said, "Silently hear everyone. Accept what is good. Reject and forget what is not. This is intelligent living. ~ Good Morning."

The comment was posted by Raghu Mohan, who used to work with Businessworld and now works with Business Standard. He commented on Batra's LinkedIn status saying, "First pay salaries on time. And then post humbug."

Writer Vivek Kaul and communications consultant Karthik Srinivasan both shared the screenshot on Twitter on June 5.

Kaul had shared the LinkedIn interaction with the caption "peak LinkedIn". He tweeted today that he had deleted the tweet after receiving a legal notice from the magazine.

So did Srinivasan, who also shared a snippet of the legal notice sent to him. The notice asked him to "refrain from levelling any false, baseless and imaginary allegations and defamatory remarks" and to "issue an unconditional written apology" on his Twitter handle.

Mohan's comment on LinkedIn has also been deleted.

Newslaundry reached out to Businessworld chairman Annurag Batra for comment but did not receive a response. The ABP Group had sold Businessworld in 2013 to Batra, who owns exchange4media, and, among others, Vikram Jhunjhunwala, who runs an investment banking and asset management firm.

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