Bombay High Court restrains Vijaypat Singhania from publishing autobiography

Mumbai: In a twist in the ongoing spat between the father-son duo, the Bombay High Court recently restrained Vijaypat Singhania, the former chairperson of the Raymond Group, from publishing his autobiography. The HC has stayed the public release of Singhania’s book till March 13.

A single-judge bench of Justice Sandeep Shinde has restrained Singhania from publishing his autobiography, which is tentatively titled as “The Incomplete Man.” The bench in its interim order as specifically asked Singhania not to publish his book till the next date of hearing.

This interim injunction comes in response to the claims of the Raymond Group that some chapters in the book may be defamatory to the firm. Justice Shinde’s bench was seized with an application filed by Singhania seeking to transfer a suit filed by the Raymond Group against him in a Thane court.

In its suit, the company has sought an injunction against publishing Singhania’s autobiography. In his application before Justice Shinde, Singhania has sought transferring of the suit from Thane court to Mumbai and to tag the said suit with a similar one filed by his son Gautam Singhania at a city civil court.

Notably, Gautam too has filed a suit seeking a stay on his father’s book. The father-son have indulged into a bitter battle over a duplex apartment in the newly constructed JK House in South Mumbai. Gautam has been accused of defying orders of an arbitrator, who directed him to hand over two duplex apartments in the JK House to his father Vijaypat.

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