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    "Elon Musk's Company Steps In to Cover Legal Fees for Indian-Origin Doctor in Canada"

    In a gesture of support, Elon Musk’s company has announced its decision to cover the legal fees amounting to nearly ₹2 crore for an Indian-origin doctor in Canada embroiled in a legal battle stemming from her Covid-related tweets.

    Dr. Kulvinder Kaur Gill, a physician specializing in immunology and pediatrics in Canada, garnered attention for speaking out against government-imposed lockdowns and vaccination mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. However, her outspoken stance led to lawsuits by medical bodies and censorship by social media platforms like Twitter, under its previous management.

    Facing a daunting CAD 300,000 in legal fees, Dr. Gill launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover her expenses. Upon learning about her campaign, Elon Musk pledged support through his company, ensuring that the remaining amount needed for her legal battle would be covered.

    In a statement, Elon Musk’s company highlighted the challenges Dr. Gill faced due to her public opposition to Covid-related policies, including harassment by legacy media, censorship by social media platforms, and investigations by regulatory bodies. The legal proceedings drained Dr. Gill’s life savings, leaving her with a substantial debt.

    Dr. Gill’s vocal criticism against vaccination and her public statements on social media platforms like Twitter have sparked controversy and criticism from the medical community and mainstream media. She has been involved in a lawsuit against 23 individuals and organizations, alleging defamation and a coordinated campaign against her.

    However, a judge dismissed her lawsuit citing anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) laws, noting that her actions were aimed at stifling free speech on a public platform. Dr. Gill was directed to cover the legal expenses of the defendants.

    Elon Musk’s intervention in covering Dr. Gill’s legal fees underscores the broader issues surrounding free speech, censorship, and the challenges faced by individuals expressing dissenting views, particularly in the context of sensitive topics such as public health policies during a global pandemic.

    Sources By Agencies

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