After Rana’s legal notice, Harshdev takes U-turn

‘I Didn’t Mention FCI Contracts In Press Statement’

Jammu, Jan 1: A day after Chief Minister’s Political Advisor Devender Singh Rana shot a legal notice to the Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party (JKNPP) Harshdev Singh for allegedly maligning his image by issuing “false and frivolous” statements, the JKNPP Chairman took a U-turn on Tuesday by denying that he had made any mention of FCI contracts in the press statement issued by him to the media.
In a statement here, Harshdev Singh said: “The portion of the news item which links FCI contracts with Rana, and which has unnerved the latter, was never a part of the handout issued by him to the Press.”
Rana on Monday had served a legal notice to Harshdev Singh and a Jammu based daily which had carried Harshdev’s statement. Rana had sought public apology from Singh and the daily within a week’s time. The notice stated that if they fail to do so Rana would file a defamation case of Rs 10 crore against them.
Sources said that Harshdev Singh has been locking horns with Rana after Chief Minister’s Political Advisor held series of meetings at Udhampur and Ramnagar areas, considered to be the strong bastions of the Panthers Party.
“It seems huge public participation in these rallies has shaken the Panthers Party,” said a NC leader wishing anonymity. However, Harshdev Singh in a statement said  Rana for quite some time had been desperately looking for an opportunity to corner him and his party after his clash with the Chief Minister in the meeting of Surinsar Mansar Development Authority.
“Rana at first planned a public meeting in Udhampur where he made certain disparaging remarks and derogating allegations and insinuations against the Panthers Party and its leaders,” Singh said.

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Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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