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Smita to file Rs 10 cr damages suite vs Outlook


The Telangana Government has given clearance to IAS officer Smita Sabharwal, additional secretary in chief minister’s office, to file a defamation case against Outlook magazine for carrying objectionable cartoon and write-up against her sometime back. Giving the nod to her appeal to the government to file a civil suit worth Rs 10 crore, the government also released Rs 15 lakh to meet the legal expenses of the case.

Following the write-up which reeked of obscenity in a column of the magazine, Smita’shusband Akun Sabarwal filed a criminal case against the Outlook, which is under investigation. Meanwhile, the editor of the magazine a wrote a letter to governor of Telangana ESL Narasimhan stating that a hostile atmosphere was being created for local correspondent and wanted Governor’s intervention.
The Magazine also tendered an apology for carrying the snippet that hurt the sentiments of Smita Sabharwal, which the officer found not satisfactory.

Now, she informed the government that she intends to file a civil suit worth Rs.10 crore against the management of the Outlook Magazine for posting an article and a cartoon in July 6th edition of Outlook Magazine and sought the government to bear court expenses.

Telangana government on Thursday night issued a GO sanctioning Rs 15 lakh for her to meet the legal expenses which includes court fee of Rs 9,75 lakh and Rs 5 lakh for other litigation expenses including legal representation for criminal complaint, civil suit, possible quashment proceedings in the High Court. The sanction of money is subject to the condition that the amount should be refunded in case of compensation being awarded by Court.

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Angry Smitha Slaps Notice on Outlook


Smitha Sabharwal, the additional secretary to Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, hit back at Outlook magazine for depicting her  in a objectionable angle. She slapped a legal notice on the magazine. In the legal notice,  sent through her lawyer Rachna Reddy, she remarked that the snippet carried in the Outlook column “No Boring Babu” was “cheap, distasteful and titillating.”

Though the snippet, appeared under a title “Deep Throat”, gave a description of a “junior bureaucrat posted in Telangana CMs office”  without any name , it clearly points to  Smitha Sabharwal, a 2001 batch IAS officer, as the piece is about a woman. She is the only woman officer posted in TCMs office. The snippet was embellished with a cartoon, which depicted a lady, who resembles Smitha, doing catwalk while the CM KCR in caricature watches with morbid interest with his camera.

The gossipy contents of the snippet crossed the limits of decency in dealing with a subject as subtle as a  working-woman in the male dominated TRS.  TRS is a party in which woman MLAs are far lesser in number while the cabinet has none.

The Outlook looked at her, as “The lovely lady, known for ethnic style,” and went on stating that she “recently stunned all by appearing in a trendy trouser and frilly top at a fashion show.”


As far Smitha Sabharwal, the relatively junior officer won the hearts of the people wherever she worked until she was posted in Medak as collector. Before being appointed as collector Medak in October, 2013, she worked in Chittoor, Kadapa, Warangal, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Karimnagar district. Having observed T-movement from close quarters, she developed sympathy towards the people participating in the movement. While watching family members of T-martyrs on the T-formation day as collector on June 2, 2014, she could not stop emotion welling out of heart. She sobbed like child before the audience drawn from across the district. Later, KCR shifted her to Hyderabad as his additional secretary.

The five-page legal notice slapped on Outllook today  said the piece written by Outlook was deliberate mischief to denigrate her and her posting in CMO.The legal notice demanded an apology that is “visible and of the same dimensions.” Based on the response from the magazine  Sabharwal  will think of next course of action.

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