law of defamation & malicious prosecution
The book on the law of defamation and malicious prosecution by V . Mitter is fairly comprehensive with details of complaints and defences. It explains the difference in English and Indian law, civil remedy, libel and slander. This book is very popular, the first edition was published in 1954 and the latest edition , published in 2008 (and reprinted in 2009) is revised by Justice K . Shanmukham, Former Judge, Madras High Court. The detailed contents make it is easy to refer to a particular section and check the legal definition. An easy read even if you do not have a legal background.
Publisher : Universal Law Publishing Co.
Definition of Slander from The ‘Lectric Law Library’s Lexicon , http://www.lectlaw.com/def2/s052.htm
SLANDER – A false defamation (expressed in spoken words, signs, or gestures) which injures the character or reputation of the person defamed; distinguished from libel.
The defaming a man (or woman) in his reputation by speaking or writing words which affect his life, office, or trade, or which tend to his loss of preferment in marriage or service, or in his inheritance, or which occasion any other particular damage. Falsity and malice are ingredients of slander.
Published material meeting three conditions: The material is defamatory either on its face or indirectly; The defamatory statement is about someone who is identifiable to one or more persons; and, The material must be distributed to someone other than the offended party; i.e. published; distinguished from slander.
Published could be online, in the print media or broadcast on TV, radio