Former managing director of Reebok India has been summoned as an accused by a Delhicourt in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Germany-based Adidas. Metropolitan magistrate Navita Kumari summoned Subhinder Singh Prem, whose service was terminated in March last year, considering that he had ‘prima facie’ given defamatory remarks against Adidas AG.
The court's order came on a plea filed by Adidas AG which sought Prem's prosecution alleging that he ‘deliberately and willfully" defamed it by giving ‘various false, disparaging, defamatory and libelous statements’.
The court also observed that in view of the materials placed before it and the statement of the complainant witness, ‘the above said remarks made by the accused (Prem) against complainant (Adidas AG), prima facie appear to be defamatory’.
In its plea filed through advocate Vijay Aggarwal, Adidas AG said that it was a parent company of the Adidas Group and has about 170 subsidiaries worldwide, including RIC and Adidas India Marketing Pvt Ltd (AIMPL).
It said Prem joined Reebok India in April 1995 and was appointed as MD in 2003 but his service was terminated in March 2012 on account of identification of certain fraudulent activities in the conduct of the affairs of the company. It alleged, Prem gave various ‘malicious and defamatory’ remarks against Adidas AG in the media to ‘wreak vengeance for the termination of services and with an intention to tarnish’ the reputation of the company.