Delhi court frames defamation charges against Medha Patkar in case filed by KVIC chairman VK Saxena

Patkar and Saxena have been embroiled in a legal battle since 2000 after she filed a suit against him for publishing advertisements against her and the Narmada Bachao Andolan

Press Trust of India July 09, 2018 17:33:43 IST
Delhi court frames defamation charges against Medha Patkar in case filed by KVIC chairman VK Saxena

New Delhi: A Delhi court today framed defamation charges against Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar in a case lodged against her by Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman VK Saxena.

Metropolitan Magistrate Nishant Garg framed the notice on charges in a complaint lodged by Saxena against Patkar for allegedly defaming him on a TV news channel in 2006.

Delhi court frames defamation charges against Medha Patkar in case filed by KVIC chairman VK Saxena

File image of Medha Patkar. PTI

“Prima facie case is made out against the accused for the offences,” the magistrate said.

The court framed the notice against the activist under sections 499/500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal code (IPC) and fixed the matter for recording of Saxena's evidence on 28 August.

Patkar and Saxena have been embroiled in a legal battle since 2000 after she filed a suit against him for publishing advertisements against her and the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA).

Saxena was then the chief of an Ahmedabad-based NGO, National Council for Civil Liberties.

Saxena, in turn, had filed two cases against her for making derogatory remarks against him on a TV channel and issuing a defamatory press statement against him.

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