summons Patkar in NCCL defamation case
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.
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.
Medha levelled allegations against Saxena. She had apparently used
defamatory language against Saxena.