GAURI LANKESH MURDER: BJP youth wing slaps legal notice against Guha for linking murder with RSS
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GAURI LANKESH MURDER: BJP youth wing slaps legal notice against Guha for linking murder with RSS

Bengaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha has served a legal notice to historian Ramachandra Guha for referring to the ‘Sangh Parivar’ while condemning the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in an interview to an online portal and in an article to a newspaper. The 5-page legal notice, issued on behalf of BJP Yuva Morcha State Secretary Karunakar Khasale, said “defamatory, baseless and false allegations” were made by Guha in his utterances and writing. The notice accuses Guha of making “false” and “baseless allegations” that are “calculated to tarnish the image and reputation of” the RSS and the BJP.

“Your deliberate, false and calculated statement against our client’s organisation has caused great anguish in the minds thousands of its members and sympathisers,” the notice reads. “Your baseless utterances are also calculated to influence and mislead the on-going investigations of the said incidents. This amounts to illegal interference in the course of justice and is also a grave offence.”

The notice calls on Guha to categorically and clearly apologise publicly and also to communicate the apology directly to Khasale and his organisation within three days, failing which civil and criminal defamation cases will be filed against him. It also cautioned Guha from making such remarks in future. The notice said the communication was being sent by registered post and electronic mail.

In his interview from overseas, Guha had said: “It is very likely that her murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi came.”

Guha’s posts on Twitter in response to the notice, read: “Atal Bihari Vajpayee said the answer to a book or article can only be another book or article. But we no longer live in Vajpayee’s India.” He tweeted: “In India today, independent writers and journalists are harassed, persecuted, and even killed. But we shall not be silenced.”

September 12, 2017

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “GAURI LANKESH MURDER: BJP youth wing slaps legal notice against Guha for linking murder with RSS”

  1. George says:

    I think courts should punish these scoundrels more seriously for public speaking without proof. He is venting his hatred and anger against Modi and making it sound like Modi got her killed! I think every leader who is using this tragedy for peronal benefit must be punished or even jailed if possible! Because, they are not only helping the cause, they are forcing the investigation to a wrong direction. Whoever killed Gowri, may even be participating in these rallies organized by thus gang, feeling absolutely relaxed that he will never be caught!

  2. Sujeet Kumar Bhaskara says:

    Historians, Thinkers, Intellectual, Academicians & Politicians have all worn the hat of Detectives post Gauri Lankesh Murder. Mr.Guha should place the proof to the SIT, rather than firing in the Dark. Such a pity, the degradation of Indian society is so visible, that people like Guha try to score brownie points, on the killing of a beautiful soul, all for the sake of being a headline news item. Show some Spine & be silent while the investigation is on.

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