NC to Defend Against UP Court Notice

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Srinagar: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sent a legal notice of defamation to National Conference State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu through Counsel for Government of India, Dr. Abhishek Atrey for “a habit of spreading hate against the Bhartiya Janta Party” and “spreading false stories against Mahant Yogi Adityanath by blaming him that he asked Hindus to rape dead Muslim women”.

The legal notice alleges that Junaid Mattu has made “such statements to cause intentional hatred amongst people towards the Party and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, who have formed the present Government, thereby directly inciting hatred against the State Government, hence, seditious in nature”.

“In light of the above facts and circumstances, I request you to forthwith publish an apology in favour of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mahant Yogi Adityanath. On failure to do the needful within two weeks of receiving this notice the undersigned will be forced to proceed with the legal action against you”, the legal notice states.

Speaking to party workers Mattu has said that he will respond to this notice legally. They are examining the legal notice and will respond appropriately”, Junaid said.

“BJP is anti-minority and especially an anti-Muslim party and believes in having a selective morality. It encourages hate-speech as it finds it politically expedient and has the audacity to hold others to completely different standards. I am proud of my identity as a Kashmiri and as a Muslim and National Conference is committed to mounting a strong, unapologetic fight against this forces of tyranny, oppression and bigotry.

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