November 15, 2018
The executive editor of India Today, Gaurav Sawant, served a legal notice to Caravan on Thursday, following a report published in the magazine’s current issue, where he has been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow journalist.
I have sent a defamation notice to Caravan, Ms Nikita Saxena and Ms Vidya Krishnan through my lawyers. Will seek justice.
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) November 14, 2018
Sawant has been accused of sexually assaulting and harassing Vidya Krishnan, the former health and science editor of The Hindu, during a reporting trip in the Beas in 2003.
The eight-page defamation notice “vehemently denies each and every allegation” made against Sawant. Sawant was “shocked and surprised to read the said article”, said the report. He has also described the article as “grossly irresponsible journalism”.
Sawant asked The Caravan to withdraw their article and issue an unconditional apology within a period of seven days through the notice, failing which, Sawant shall be constrained to take necessary legal action.
The executive editor of Caravan commented on the notice in his tweet:
Gaurav Sawant sends the Caravan a notice. Reads more like a procedural step than anything. The Caravan is happy to fight the case. Read the full @VidyaKrishnan account as reported by @nikita1712 here, and subscribe and support @thecaravanindia magazine🙂: https://t.co/nMs0b72qiQ pic.twitter.com/XQjq4T7EPe
— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) November 14, 2018
On November 15, Krishnan issued a statement on Twitter stating that the account published in the Caravan is an accurate representation of what happened.
My statement on the article titled "On the Record" published in The Caravan magazine. pic.twitter.com/vWU6BZ4uyT
— Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) November 15, 2018
Following the allegation, former Hindustan Times weekend editor Kanika Gahlaut also tweeted about an alleged incident when Sawant “lunged” at her during a conclave.
If it helps I can testify Gaurav Sawant is a pest.I look for discreet places to smoke.Found him behind some hedges at group conclave.He lunged.I gave it off to him.He: "cmon when was last time you got any".His justification for lunging-i'm single. That's how sick his mind is.
— Kanika Gahlaut (@kanikagahlaut) November 13, 2018