When to file a criminal defamation case

A lady had filed a rape after false promise of marriage FIR against me in lucknow. It came in print media and electronic media apart from being shared in social media. 2 of the media houses even published my photo along with my mother's photo. Now 6 months have passed and the case is at investigation stage. I have taken arrest stay from HC. Now I want to file a criminal defamation case against the lady and the 2 media houses. My query is:

1. Can I file the defamation case now or after acquittal? What is the time limit?

2. Can I file criminal defamation case in Ahmedabad?

3. Who all can be party/respondents in the case against media houses?

4. Can I add section 120B IPC in the case?

5. What are the chances of conviction? What is the extent of punishment?


after acquittal within one year.

other queries are premature



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