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Delhi court convicts Medha Patkar in criminal defamation case filed by Delhi LG VK Saxena
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Delhi court convicts Medha Patkar in criminal defamation case filed by Delhi LG VK Saxena

| @indiablooms | 25 May 2024, 12:46 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Narmada Bachao Andolan founder Medha Patkar has been convicted in a criminal defamation case filed against her by Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena.

With this conviction, Patkar faces a fine or a jail term of two years, or both.

The case had been filed in 2006 and was being heard by a Delhi court. The order to convict her was passed by Metropolitan Magistrate Raghav Sharma on Friday.

Giving the order, Magistrate Sharma said that reputation is one of the most valuable assets a person can possess, as it affects both personal and professional relationships.

The arguments on the quantum of sentences will be heard on May 30.

Patkar and Saxena's legal battle dates back to 2000, when the lieutenant governor was the chief of the National Council for Civil Liberties, an Ahmedabad-based NGO.

Saxena was booked in a case for publishing advertisements against her and the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

In response, Saxena had also filed two cases against the activist for making "derogatory" remarks about him on a TV channel in 2006 and for issuing a "defamatory" press statement.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan had claimed that the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, which was inaugurated in 2017, could affect 40,000 families. It had organised massive protests, stating that the families would have to leave their homes as they had the potential fear of getting submerged.

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