Gaurav Sawant sends legal notice to Caravan

Credits: The Caravan

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.

 

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-pageĀ 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:

On November 15, Krishnan issued a statement on Twitter stating that the account published in theĀ CaravanĀ is an accurate representation of what happened.

Following the allegation, formerĀ Hindustan TimesĀ weekend editor Kanika Gahlaut also tweeted about an alleged incident when Sawant “lunged” at her during a conclave.