Businessman files $750M lawsuit over false, defamatory Facebook posts
Heralall Nandlal, a Guyanese and Canadian businessman, has filed a $750 million lawsuit at the High Court because of Facebook posts he believes are false, defamatory and libellous.
Nandlal, a Director of local tire and lubricant distributor – Ideal Supplies Inc., has sued another Guyanese man Vidyarithi Singh (also known as Victor Singh) for certain posts made on the page ‘PPP/C Family’.
Among those posts made were allegations that Nandlal had been involved in drug-smuggling schemes and other fraudulent activities. Based on the Statement of Claim seen by the News Room, Nandlal is claiming in excess of $50 million for each post made.
He also hopes that the Court will order Singh to issue both a retraction and an apology to him for each post since those contained “false, malicious and defamatory statements impugning (his) character and reputation”.
Further, Nandlal, through his attorney Stephen Lewis is seeking injunctions to restrain Singh or other contributors of the page from posting, printing, publishing, sharing, recording, or otherwise recreating and disseminating false information.
Importantly, Nandlal, in a press release issued on Thursday, stated that he reported this matter to the cybercrime division of the Guyana Police Force in late 2021. Additional reports were made in July 2022.
Because he has not received any response from the Force, he opted to pursue Court action.
Singh’s address, according to the Court document, is in Ontario, Canada but an email notice from Nandlall said that Singh is currently in Guyana. As such, he said that a court marshall has been engaged in serving the claim filed.
A $100,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information on the whereabouts of Singh.