Legal Notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
281 (Old No . 134) Thambu Chetty Street
Chennai 600 001
mobile 9791096510; email [email protected]
18 June 2014
Ministry of Home Affairs
New Delhi 110 001
Under instructions from my client, Dr.S.P.Udayakumar, 27, Isanganvilai, Mani Veedhi, Parakkai Road Junction, Nagerkovil 629002, I address you as under:
1. My client states that the Intelligence Bureau under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs has, with a view to maligning his reputation as an anti-nuclear activist and with a view to lowering his credit, sent a report to the Home Minister, the Finance Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Cabinet Secretary (MHA) etc. captioned “Concerted efforts by select foreign funded NGOs to take down Indian development projects.” In paragraph 3 of the communication signed by Mr. S. A. Rizvi, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau(MHA) dated June 3, 2014, it has been stated as under:
“3. In 2011, anti-nuclear activism stalled the nearly commissioned Russian- assisted, Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu. The protests were spear-headed by Ohio State University funded, SP Udayakumar, and host of Western-funded NGOs. The larger conspiracy was unravelled when a German national provided Udayakumar a scanned map of all nuclear plant and uranium mining locations in India. The map included contact details of 50 Indian anti- nuclear actvists revealing an intricate Network aimed to ‘take-down’ India’s nuclear programme through NGO activism.”
2. My client states that the above communication dated June 3, 2014 along with the enlosure (a detailed review) is classified as a “SECRET” document. Despite the fact that the detailed review annexed to the above communication dated June 3, 2014 signed by the said Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau (MHA) is a secret document, the Intelligence Bureau has, with the sole purpose of defaming my client, released the said document to the press. The contents of the above communication and the “detailed review” appeared almost in all leading newspapers on June 12, 2014. The Times of India (Chennai Edition : 12 June 2014) reported as follows:
“IB POINTS TO FOREIGN FUNDING FOR N-ACTIVIST
Chennai: An Intelligence Bureau report on NGOs that organize protests against India’s development projects while receiveing foreign funding has named anti- nuclear activist S P Udayakumar as having connections with US and German authorities.
The report said NGO-inspired protests had pulled down India’s GDP growth by 2-3%, and named Greenpeace as “a threat to natinal economic security”.
It is said that in July 2010, Udayakumar received a contract from the Kirwan Institute for Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, US, as a consultant on ‘group, race, class and democracy issues’.
The report said Udayakumar was paid $21,120 up to June 2011 in a US bank account and was contracted to earn another $17,600 up to April 2012 for fortnightly reports.”
3. My client states that the Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau(MHA) has not only released the above document viz., “detailed review” to the press but has also released his communication interpreting the “detailed review”. My client states that the Joint Director has mischievously interpreted the “detailed review” in paragraph 3 of his letter that “the larger conspiracy was unravelled when a German national provided Udayakumar a scanned map of all nuclear plant and uranium mining locations in India. The map included contact details of 50 Indian anti-nuclear actvists revealing an intricate Network aimed to ‘take-down’ India’s nuclear programme through NGO activism.”
4. My client states that Mr. S. A. Rizvi, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau (MHA), has, by stating that my client was involved in a conspiracy of an intricate network aimed to take down India’s nuclear program through NGO activism by means of foreign funds, committed an offence punishable under Section 500 IPC since the said imputation made against my client directly, in the estimation of the members of the public, lowers the moral character of my client and also lowers the credit of my client. The said imputation about my client is an utter falsehood. By making such imputation, the said Joint Director, IB (MHA) has harmed my client’s reputation beyond words.
5. My client states that since Mr. S.A. Rizvi, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau (MHA) has deliberately released a secret document to the press with a view to harming the reputation of my client and since he has made defamatory allegations against my client in the disguise of interpreting a report relating to the actvities of Indian NGOs, appropriate departmental disciplinary action deserves to be initiated against the said Mr. S. A. Rizvi immediately.
KINDLY TAKE NOTICE that if you do not, within seven days from the date of receipt of this notice, initiate appropriate departmental disciplinary proceedings against Mr. S. A. Rizvi, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau (MHA) for his grave misconduct of releasing a secret document relating to internal security of the country to the press, my client would be constrained to approach the Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Madras for issuance of an appropriate WRIT against you.