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SRINAGAR: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from the former governor of the erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state Satya Pal Malik for making “vexatious, falsely-motivated and incorrect” statement regarding her being a beneficiary of the Roshni Act. Mehbooba sent a legal notice to Malik on Friday.
Mehbooba’s lawyer Anil Sethi said Malik, the incumbent governor of Meghalaya, had made the statement in a bid to tarnish her reputation.
“A video footage has been circulated in the media where you, while being escorted by the official staff of Raj Bhawan of Meghalaya, are being shown as holding a press conference. While recounting your days as governor in the erstwhile J&K state of J&K, at 0.23 second of the video clip, you have alleged that my client took benefit of state land under the J&K State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, popularly known as the Roshni Act. And, on verification, you found the above allegation to be correct,” the legal notice said.
“By conducting yourself as an ex-governor of J&K state and making utterances about the benefit being taken by my client under Roshni Act, which are false and incorrect, you have defamed my client and have levelled scandalous and serious allegations against her with the sole objective of tarnishing her otherwise politically neat and clean image,” the notice added.
He said although no amount of money can compensate her for the loss of reputation caused by Malik’s conduct, yet “my client has decided to sue you for claiming compensation/damages for loss of reputation and good name earned by her and for establishing that the allegations levelled you are incorrect and false and have been levelled at a juncture which hints at a political collusion behind, the speech made by you.”
“Further legal consequences shall follow in case of non-compliance of the demand made herein,” the notice added.





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