J&K CM serves legal notice to 2 PDP leaders

J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Saturday served a legal notice to two senior PDP leaders asking them to issue a public apology in the next seven days for allegations of corruption levelled against him.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Saturday served a legal notice to two senior PDP
leaders asking them to issue a public apology in the next
seven days for allegations of corruption levelled against him
or face a defamation suit of Rs 10 crore in the court.

The legal notice was served on behalf of Omar by his
lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General Abhishek Manu
Singhvi to PDP MLAs Nizamuddin Bhat and PDP spokesman Nayeem
Akhtar.
According to the legal notice, Singhvi, who is also a
spokesman of Congress party, asked the two leaders to make "a
public apology within next seven days and withdraw the
comments within next seven days, failing which he will be
constrained to commence appropriate legal action proceedings
against them."

Bhat and the spokesman had called a press conference
earlier this week and claimed that the Chief Minister had
received kickbacks in connection with the construction of the
Rattle power project in Jammu region.

The notice said the two leaders should tender a public
apology for "levelling baseless, fabricated, concocted,
frivolous, false and defamatory allegations against his client
in a bid to defame him and damage his reputation."
The notice also said that if a public apology was not
tendered within the stipulated time, an appropriate complaint
under the Jammu and Kashmir Code of Criminal Procedure, 1933,
would be filed.

Besides this, a defamation suit for recovering damages to
the extent of Rs 10 crore before an appropriate Court would
also be filed.

PTI