06 May 2008
Exec wins £85k payout in libel case
An Air India executive has been successful in his libel case against the London Evening Standard, it has been revealed.
Ashvini Kumar Sharma secured compensation of £85,000 from the publication after a high court jury ruled that it had failed to prove that articles it had written about the executive were substantially true.
The newspaper had run a story in August 2006 which accused him of sexually harassing a female colleague.
Mr Sharma claimed that the article had upset his wife of 25 years, as well as their two children.
He also stated that the story was "grossly defamatory and fundamentally false", causing damage to his reputation and health.
"I am delighted to have been totally vindicated. There was not a shred of truth in any of the allegations made against me," Mr Sharma commented.
Associated Newspapers - which was established in 1905 and manages the London Evening Standard - denied libel and claimed that the article was substantially true.