GDC Principal to file defamation suit against RTI activist, newspaper

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Nov 23: Principal Government Dental College, Srinagar Dr Reyaz Farooq is mulling to file a defamation suit against an RTI activist, Tanveer Hussain Khan and a Jammu based newspaper organization for associating his name with the alleged purchase scam in the college by “twisting the factual position in the case.”
 Dr Farooq, “whose reputation was maligned” by the news reports carried by the media group, is also contemplating to approach the Press Council of India.
 In a recently issued legal notice to both the respondents, the principal, through his counsel Zubair Ahmad, has sought clarification from the RTI activist, Tanveer Hussain Khan of Gopalpora Islamabad and the Jammu based newspaper about the facts presented by them at various forums and through newspaper respectively.
 “The news article published (in your newspaper) was without ascertaining the factual position that created the negative image of my client and portrayed him as a corrupt person,” the legal notice reads.
 It says the report titled “Court Directs the Vigilance to Lodge FIR, Inquiry establishes fraud by GDC principal” that had appeared in the daily is “false and contemptuous as the court order has been presented in a twisted way. The court never directed the Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) to register an FIR as has been highlighted in news article.”
 The court in its order dated August 13, 2012, which has also been quoted by the newspaper, said: “Permission for registration of the case for carrying out investigation in the matter cannot be ordered by this court since it is a beaten position of law that police/VOK is within its power to register a formal FIR if they have enough material to support it.”
 The notice clarifies that the purchase committee constituted by the government comprises 20-25 members from all over the state. “It is not mere one person as alleged by the respondents.”
 According to the notice the allegation against Dr Reyaz, rather than the entire purchase committee depicts “personal vengeance” and “bias” to harm his reputation.
 The legal notice has sought clarification from both the parties (RTI activist and Newspaper organization) reflecting the true import of the court order otherwise Dr Farooq would file defamation suits against them.
 It said a criminal complaint under section 500 would also be filed against the malicious campaign.
 Pertinently, Tanveer Hussain Khan, a social and RTI activist, had approached the court with a plea that directions should be passed to the State Vigilance Organization to register an FIR in case of purchase of imported dental machinery and equipment involving a loss of Crore to the state exchequer.
 Khan had gathered information through RTI regarding purchases of various dental machinery and equipment made by college authorities including “Digital Panoramic X-ray machine” and “Complete Vertical Rack Sterilization system”.
 However, both Government Dental College and Hospital principal and the faculty members have been resenting the information presented by the activist in court and before a section of press “by making it look like scam in the institution”.
  “The reports are not based on facts but an attempt to malign the image of this institution and jeopardize the academics and patient care,” the faculty members had said.
 According to them the reports have ‘misinformed the public and tried to affect the reputation of the prestigious institution and the administrators.’

Lastupdate on : Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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