Lok Sabha MP, Nishikant Dubey’s lawyer has sent a legal notice to publication house, Hindustan for circulating false news, titled, “Saansad Nishikant Dubey Par Barse Lalu Yadav“, dated 18 Aug 2017. The news piece is said to be ‘derogatory’ in nature and has made several allegations against the veteran politician.
The newspaper in the article had claimed that “Bhagalpur Srijan ghotale mei Nishikant Dubey shamil hain (Nishikant Dubey is involved in Bhagalpur Srijan scam).” However, notice has stated that this information is incorrect and Dubey is not involved in the scam.
“Hindustan is not an investigative body. It has violated the code of conduct and ethics for print and electronic media,” the notice stated. The article was labeled as ‘sham’, ‘false’ and ‘demoralising’ in the notice. It also alleged that the paper has made intentionally ‘scandalous statement’ against Dubey.
Dubey is an MP from Godda (Jharkhand) constituency. The article has allegedly showed the politician in ‘bad light.’ Dubey’s lawyer had claimed that his client is a dynamic public leader and the facts involving him had not been verified before publishing. As a result, the reputation of the MP was hampered.
The notice ultimately urged Hindustan to make an apology to the MP on the front page of their publications. The paper was also asked to make a public apology and compensate with Rs 100 crore for loss of image and reputation and mental harassment.
“If the publication house fails to follow the mentioned orders, appropriate legal and remedies are bound to be taken by the client,” the notice reads.