New Delhi: Narmada Bachao Andolan activist
Medha Patkar`s plea in the Supreme Court for transfer of a
criminal defamation case outside Gujarat has been opposed by
the complainant on the grounds that she allegedly suppressed
various material facts and documents.
The application filed by complainant V K Saxena,
president of Ahmedabad-based NGO National Council for Civil
Liberties (NCCL), who has opposed her plea for transfer of the
case to Delhi, sought the permission of the court to place
evidence on record to substantiate his allegations.
He has sought to produce documents to prove that the main
purpose of shifting the case to Delhi was to linger the
proceedings on one or the other "false grounds" as has been
done by her in other cases which were transfered from Gujarat.
The NBA leader has sought transfer of the case filed by
Saxena in a Gujarat in 2006 for her allegedly defamatory
remarks during a TV debate pertaining to Sardar Sarovar
In the application, while opposing Patkar`s plea, he gave
reference of another defamation case which was transferred to
Delhi on her plea by the Supreme Court in which she sought
exemption from personal appearance by allegedly placing false
medical certificate from a hospital in Nandurbar, Gujarat.
The NCCL president submitted that the information
gathered by his NGO under the RTI Act from the Nandurbar
Police clearly stated that when she sought exemption from
appearance in the Patiala House Court in New Delhi on March 3,
2009 on medical grounds, she had taken out procession on the
NBA`s demand to the office of the Collector.
Saxena had filed the complaint against Patkar on June
29, 2006 before Metropolitan Magistrate Gheekanta, Ahmedabad,
accusing her of making a false statement that he received
civil contracts related to the SSP in the name of NCCL.
The NBA activist has told the Supreme Court that she
was seeking transfer of a criminal defamation case against her
outside Gujarat as there was a threat to her life in the state
from the members of the NGO.
Patkar, a Magsaysay award winner, has sought transfer
of the case to Delhi, contending that the apex court had
earlier shifted proceedings of another defamation case filed
in Ahmedabad against her by Saxena. The case is pending before
a Metropolitan Magistrate`s court here.
She has alleged that Saxena`s complaint was
politically motivated as he was antagonistic to her ideology
and her work. She claimed that he was instrumental in
publishing many defamatory advertisements against her and NBA
in various dailies for which she filed a defamation case in
The activist submitted that instead of her, it was
Saxena who had made several defamatory allegations against her
and the NBA in the television programme in which both had
participated over telephone.
Patkar and Saxena are locked in five criminal cases
against each other. The NBA activist has registered three
cases against Saxena.