The libel survivor - what it's like to be faced with a gruelling libel claim
Between 2007 and 2011 I was embroiled in what has become one of the most controversial libel cases in recent history. The claimant in my case wasn’t a Russian oligarch, an A-list celebrity or an Arab billionaire (groups who seem to issue writs like they are going out of fashion) but a seemingly innocuous super-wealthy self-styled ‘holy man’ from the Punjab (a state in Northern India) who is reported never to have stepped foot in Britain nor apparently reads, writes or speaks any English. He went by the grandiose title His Holiness Sant Baba Jeet Singh ji Maharaj.
Hardeep Singh reflects on his four-year ‘libel tourism’ battle with a Punjabi ‘holy man’
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