J&K government pulls up daily newspaper over defamation claim

J&K government pulls up daily newspaper over defamation claim

The Jammu and Kashmir government is facing flak for sending a legal notice to Greater Kashmir, the largest circulating English daily in the state, for publishing an article with an intention to defame “the state government in the eyes of public.”

The notice issued by the Law and Justice Department asked the paper why its declaration should not be annulled. The paper has sought 15 days to respond to the notice.

The notice issued to the printer publisher and editor of Greater Kashmir describes the contents of the article ‘Tragedy of Errors’, carried by the paper on October 3, as: “Not only false, fabricated, untrue and baseless, but also mischievous and vague and intended to defame the State Government and its functionaries in the eyes and estimation of the general public”.
The notice says that by publishing the article, the paper has violated the Jammu & Kashmir Press and Publication Act.

Reportedly written by a senior IAS officer, the article vividly portrays the situation of the state administration after floods hit Srinagar on September 7.

The article says that three days after floods drowned Srinagar, top officials would spent days at Srinagar airbase brain-storming.