After submissions were made before it on Tuesday, a Bengaluru City Civil court bench headed by Judge MH Annayyaanavar heard arguments from Senior Advocates in the defamation suit filed by Algo Legal and its founder Sandeep Kapoor against Sequoia, Twitter, and numerous media outlets and reserved orders.
Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya, appearing for Sequoia, insisted on being permitted to argue before an interim order was issued, stating that he was entitled to file his arguments both in the interim motion and in the plaint, as well as defending the act of calling out the lawyer (Kapoor).
“If there is one lawyer who is a crook, then it is in the interest of the bar that it is called out. In such an event there is no question of injunction,”
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Senior Advocate Udaya Holla argued for an interim order on behalf of Algo Legal and Sandeep Kapoor.
Manu Kulkarni, an advocate and partner at Poovayya & Co., and Shravanth Arya Tandra, a partner at Poovayya & Co., represented Twitter.
HT Media Limited (owner of Hindustan Times and other publications), Bennett Coleman (owner of Times of India, Economic Times, and others), the proprietors of News18, journalists from these publications, and Twitter are among the defendants in the complaint.
Kapoor, who was previously General Counsel at Sequoia Capital, created Algo Legal, a law practise. According to his LinkedIn profile, he worked at Sequoia for nearly nine years before founding Algo Legal in 2019.
Sequoia alerted its portfolio businesses via email that “concerning incidences” involving Algo Legal had been discovered following a recent investigation.
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