POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 22, 2011 AT 19:53 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 22, 2011 19:53 IST

In February 2011, The Caravan published Sweet Smell of Success: How Arindam Chaudhuri Made a Fortune Off the Aspirations—and Insecurities—of India’s Middle Classes”, written by Siddhartha Deb.

As the Caravan explains, the "article has been removed as per Injunction Order passed by Hon’ble Civil Court of Silchar in 12-04-2011" and goes on to elaborate on the lawsuit filed against it:

The suit against The Caravan, which seeks huge damages, has been filed not in Delhi, where both the IIPM and the magazine’s publisher, Delhi Press, are based, but 2,200 km away in Silchar, Assam, 300 km from Guwahati, Assam’s capital. The IIPM filed the case at the Court of Civil Judge in Silchar district, through one Kishorendu Gupta, who operates Gupta Electrical Engineers in a Silchar suburb, and is the first plaintiff. IIPM is the second plaintiff.

In addition to The Caravan and its proprietors, the suit charges Siddhartha Deb, Penguin (the publisher of the upcoming book by Deb in which the article is a chapter), and Google India (which, the suit alleges, has been “publishing, distributing, giving coverage, circulating, blogging the defamatory, libelous and slanderous articles”).

The civil court in Silchar granted the IIPM a preliminary injunction, enjoining Delhi Press to remove the article in question from their website, ex-parte, without any pre-hearing notice.

Kishorendu Gupta is a commissioned agent who works for the IIPM on a contractual basis. Although Gupta is called a counselor, a contract between Gupta and IIPM shows Gupta is a recruitment agent who has commercial interest and is paid for his service on a commission basis. IIPM’s contract with Gupta states:

“for number of students enrolled between 1 to 24, the compensation would be 75,000 per student …[and] for anyone who crosses the 25 students mark, the compensation would be 90,000 per student…[and] for anyone who crosses the 50 student mark, the compensation would be 1,25,000 per student” (From the agreement submitted by the plaintiffs in the court). 


It is learnt that the IIPM has filed similar lawsuits against certain other publishers, also in Silchar, Assam, rather than in Delhi.

In 2005, the IIPM filed a case against Rashmi Bansal, a blogger and editor of Just Another Magazine (JAM), who published an article in print and online questioning many of the claims made by the IIPM in its brochures and advertisements, which highlighted that the IIPM had not been accredited by any Indian agency such as AICTE, UGC or under other state acts. The IIPM filed a case against Bansal from Silchar, Assam, even though she runs a small independent outfit based in Mumbai. The IIPM managed to get an ex-parte order from the court, forcing Bansal to remove the article from the website. The IIPM also filed for damages.

In 2009, Careers360 magazine, published by Maheshwar Peri, who is also the publisher of Outlook magazine, carried an article titled “IIPM - Best only in claims?” investigating the authenticity of many of the claims made by the IIPM in their advertisements. The magazine’s investigation revealed that the IIPM claimed that its students were eligible for MBA degrees from IMI, Belgium, but that NVAO, the accreditation organisation of Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium), did not recognise IMI. Also it reported that following a local agitation against the opening of a new campus in Dehradun, the state government of Uttarakhand had asked the Uttarakhand Technical University to conduct an enquiry on the activities of the IIPM, with which IIPM did not co-operate. The investigations revealed that IIPM could not in any circumstances award valid MBA/BBA degrees or conduct such courses in the state of Uttarakhand. The IIPM, again, filed a case against the magazine and the publisher in Kamrup, Assam, and obtained ex-parte restraint against them. The IIPM also filed a criminal case against Maheshwar Peri from Uttarakhand, which was subsequently quashed by the High Court. The cases against Rashmi Bansal and Careers360 are both still underway at the Assam courts, as the IIPM seems to be interested in dragging the matter out now that their purpose has been served by obtaining interim restraints.

Read at Caravan: IIPM's Rs500-million lawsuit against The Caravan

POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 22, 2011 AT 19:53 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 22, 2011 19:53 IST
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5/D-91
Feb 17, 2013
07:12 PM

 Hey Hey, Let us wait here a moment.. Some Left Liberal indian media houses are against IIPM and more precisely against Arindham Chaudhuri and their dislike is a well known legal battle. Now Outlook joins the battle. Obviously this may have to do with the fact that this Mr Arindham Chaudhuri IIPM runs the "Sunday Indian" magazine which is competing for eyeballs with OUTLOOK and caravan.

If only OUTLOOK had a sense of ethics, it would mention this to unsuspecting readers . IIPM certainly does sound phony and may be a big scam but when OUTLOOK reports on same, should they not have the basic decency to mention that the magazine is competitor to a weekly from IIPM stable? 

Ramki
Delhi, India
4/D-99
Jun 24, 2011
07:00 PM

"Filing suit in Assam is old harassment technique. Pick the remotest place. The editors/defendants have to travel there each time."

Not really. The way the Indian system works the "accused/defendants" have far more ability to drag and their showing up in court is not such a big pain. In fact this can backfire on the petitioner though in this case they are from Silchar.

Arun Maheshwari
Bangalore, India
3/D-173
Jun 23, 2011
11:57 PM

Why does this man call himself a "Guru"..

Kiran Voleti
Chennai, India
2/D-118
Jun 23, 2011
03:42 PM

It is unfortunate that India is full of such stories of frauds misdeeds exploitations. But the fact is, law of land should prevail. If they are guilty of an illegal act they should be severely punished. At the same time our government should be open minded as well, to learn from any loop holes in present education policies & always focus on improving existing laws to make sure such incidents are not repreated. We have to have proactive governance to mitigate frauds, corruption or exploitation. Whatever is happing in India presently streams from the same apathy & neglect towards the progress of India as society and us Indians as a civilization. We are just reacting to issues and problems. We need to proactively identify issue & then deal with them before they become problems. In this particular blog as well, they are innocent till proven guilty. Outlook should not entertain one sided stories, they should have an allround perspective on any national stories, in this case as well. If we dont do that, than India will always be a country where news is just entertainment & amusement    

nitesh
mumbai, India
1/D-88
Jun 23, 2011
12:11 PM

Except that it is located in India and hence no visa fraud is required, how is IIPMM qualitatively or ethically different from TVU.

Bonita
Chennai, India
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