It all started on December 30, 2017 with a tweet that went on to create a massive controversy and a legal battle between the Twitter user and noted journalist Sreenivasan Jain.

A Twitter user, named Rajeev Mantri, tweeted accusing former diplomat LC Jain of working against the interest of the nation. However, he did not name him in the beginning.

Soon another tweet followed and it left little to the imagination. He made it clear that he was talking about Jain, stating that he was against the Pokhran test, which got India included in the select club of nuclear nations.

Mantri tweeted a link of The Calcutta Telegraph to substantiate his claim.

In Mantri’s third tweet, he said that the very stand of Jain, in spite of being a diplomat, was about to be exploited by the then South African government at the non-aligned movement (NAM)to embarrass India internationally.

This time Mantri took the refuge in an article to back his claim.

Mantri also accused Jain's son, veteran journalist Sreenivasan Jain, of spreading ‘propaganda’.

On July 22, 2018 Sreenivasan Jain, the face of NDTV, declared that he will be taking legal action against Mantri.

The journalist has shot off a legal notice asking Mantri to delete the tweets as they were defamatory and also asked him to ‘issue a public apology’.

Currently, the nation is divided on this issue. While a large section of the public feels that it is legitimate to question someone when backed by facts, others are of the opinion that the allegations made are defamatory.

Speaking exclusively to MyNation, Mantri said, “Whatever I have tweeted are backed by facts and stories. I have received a legal notice and seeking legal advice. At the moment, I won’t like to say anything beyond that”.

Mantri also took to Twitter to say that he is being intimidated for expressing his opinion and called it an ‘attempt to stifle my voice’.

However, Sreenivasan Jain didnt reply to MyNation's queries 

Is it a simple case of freedom of expression or has it crossed the line in the name of it? What ‘legal actions’ will follow if Mantri refuses to apologise? The bigger question is, if defamation is the way to seek justice, can it be selectively used?