Staff Reporter

Mayin Haji seeks damages

  • `Minister's statement has affected his reputation'
  • He wants unconditional apology

    KOZHIKODE: Indian Union Muslim League State executive committee member and Kozhikode district treasurer M.C. Mayin Haji has issued a legal notice to Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for his alleged statements that the Haji has been indicted by the Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission.

    The notice has alleged that the statements of Mr. Balakrishnan, as reported in a section of the media, have been made with the specific objective of defaming him and with the intention of causing harm to his reputation.

    The legal notice has been served on Mr. Balakrishnan through advocate Alikoya Kadalundi also for the allegation that the Haji who has been found guilty by the Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission was a United Democratic Front candidate in the 2001 and 2006 Assembly elections.

    The legal notice has said that the damage caused to the reputation of the Haji among the public is irreparable. It has sought damages for Rs.50,00,000 and an unconditional apology from the Minister in a conspicuous space in a newspaper, failing which legal action would be initiated within seven days of issuing the notice. The legal action is being initiated under Section 499 and Section 500, read with Section 34, of the Indian Penal Code.

    At a press conference here on Monday, the Haji said the allegations of the Home Minister were false, baseless, calculated and made with an ulterior motive.

    He claimed that the Marad commission had not found him guilty in any of the matters under the purview of reference. In fact, his efforts in ushering in peace in the strife-torn Marad area after the 2002 violence had been commended by political leaders and others. "The Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission has not found me guilty of any matter under its purview of reference. The reference to me in the report is that there is reason to think that I had prior knowledge of the violence. "On the other hand, the commission report has clearly indicted the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for inciting communal passion in Marad. It is an effort to malign me and to protect the party's image," the Haji alleged.

    He alleged that the Home Minister had been the custodian of the report before it was tabled in the Assembly. The defamatory statement had been made in connivance with others and published in a section of the media.