‘Re-tweeting’ defamatory imputation amounts to “publication” under S.499 IPC

The Delhi High Court (DHC) while dealing with a petition under S.482 IPC for quashing of the summoning order passed by the trial court against the Delhi Chief Minister for retweeting a defamatory content from his Twitter (X) account, has held that, “a person retweeting a defamatory content, which has the potential of causing reputational injury to a person, cannot wriggle out of his responsibility by merely contending that it was a retweet and not the original tweet”. The DHC, while dismissing the petition, further noted that, when a public figure with a political standing, “…tweets or retweets a defamatory post, the stakes and repercussions escalate given the broader implications on society”.