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Friday, April 13, 2001

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Court summons Patkar in NCCL defamation case

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Ahmedabad, April 12: METROPOLITAN Magistrate K.I. Kachhia on Wednesday issued summons to Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) chief Medha Patkar asking her to be present in court on May 11.

The summons has been issued on a defamation suit filed by the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) president, V.K. Saxena. The case was filed in January this year under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The court had earlier asked the police to investigate the case and file a report. According to the police report, Saxena never visited Malegaon as alleged by Patkar, who had issued a press release announcing this.

The report concluded that Saxena never issued a cheque for Rs 40,000 to Lok Samiti, a sister organisation of NBA. Patkar had alleged that Saxena had visited Malegaon and handed a cheque for Rs 40,000 to Lok Samiti.
The controversy erupted after NCCL brought out an advertisement with a caption that read: ‘‘True Face of Medha Patkar and her NBA’’. The advertisement had displayed a letter and receipt showing the Lok Samiti had received Rs 40,000 from the Lalbhai Group of Companies.

Hitting back, Medha levelled allegations against Saxena. She had apparently used defamatory language against Saxena.

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