The cable and telecommunications company that provides internet access to rural India has sought legal immunity in a defamation suit against a news website over a series of stories about its throttled internet service.
In a filing with the Supreme Court, India Cable Communications Ltd said it has sought “legal and equitable relief” in the case, which accuses The Times Of India, which it says publishes stories about it, of defaming the company by using a false article that was posted on its website in August.
The Times of Indian, which has not yet filed a response to the filing, said the article was based on false and defamatory statements.
It said the company has a longstanding policy of not throttling its internet service to its subscribers, but that the article, published on a popular news website, is based on an untruth.
The court on Monday directed the government to respond to the case within seven days.
India Cable Communications said the story it posted was inaccurate.
“This is a false and derogatory article.
The article was published by The Times and has no connection with our company,” the company said in a statement.
India has long been criticized for slowing internet speeds, but it has been a leader in the fight against online defamation, which critics say is used by the government and corporate media to intimidate critics and journalists.
In the latest case, India’s government, which says it is fighting fake news, has asked the court to order the government regulator to ban the Times of The Times newspaper.
The government has also asked the newspaper to pay damages of at least $1.5 million to the newspaper.