Indian court issues summons to BBC over Modi documentary on Gujarat massacre

New Delhi, May 23 (KMS): India’s Delhi High Court issued a summons to British broadcaster BBC in a defamation case over its documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that questioned his leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The defamation suit states the documentary “India: the Modi question” that aired earlier this year cast a slur on India’s reputation and that of its judiciary and the prime minister, Indian media reported.

The summons came months after Indian tax officials inspected the BBC’s offices in New Delhi and Mumbai in February following an angry response by the Indian government to the documentary.

The media reports said the suit was filed by a non-profit based in Gujarat, which is Modi’s home state. The BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The documentary focused on Modi’s role as chief minister of Gujarat during massacre of over 2000 Muslims in 2002.

The BBC has previously said that it “does not have an agenda” and has stood by its reporting for the documentary.

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