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Delhi HC turns down Zee Media’s plea to restrain Palki Sharma from joining TV18

In their suit, Zee claimed that Sharma had violated the mandatory notice policy and the non-compete clause and was in possession of ‘confidential information’ which she might use to the benefit of Zee’s competitors

Palki Sharma (File photo)

In a suit filed by Zee Media Corporation Limited, the Delhi High Court Tuesday refused to restrain Palki Sharma Upadhyay, former Managing Editor of Zee’s WION channel from joining or continuing her employment with TV18, NewsDrum reported.

Sharma had resigned from Zee in September and subsequently joined TV18 Broadcast Limited as one of the Managing Editors.

In their suit, Zee claimed that she had violated the mandatory notice policy and the non-compete clause and was in possession of ‘confidential information’ which she might use to the benefit of Zee’s competitors.

On these grounds, Zee requested the Court to restrain her from joining or continuing her employment with TV18.

Sharma’s counsel, Saif Mahmood and Anil Sapra opposed Zee’s injunction request and argued that the suit itself was not maintainable, much less the request for injunction.

They assured the court that their client does not intend to violate confidentiality and Zee’s contentions in this regard were unfounded.

The Court did not find any merit in the contentions of Zee’s counsel, Joy Basu and held that she cannot be restrained from working in any other channel.

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