PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday sent a legal notice to former Jammu and Kashmir governor and sitting Meghalaya governor Satya Pal Malik, seeking a compensation of Rs 10 crore for his alleged “derogatory” remarks against him. A few days ago, Satyapal Malik had given a statement that under the Roshni Act of 2001, former Chief Minister of the state Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had got plots done in their names.
Mehbooba Mufti has sent a defamation notice of Rs 10 crore to Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik on the Roshni Act. Earlier in the day, Mehbooba Mufti has objected to this and said that the statement of Satyapal Malik is extremely irresponsible. He said that my legal team is preparing to sue Satyapal Malik. He should either withdraw his statement or else legal action will be taken against him.
According to PTI, Mehbooba’s lawyer Anil Sethi wrote in the legal notice, “Though no amount can make up for the loss of reputation and good name of my client, which has been caused by your aforesaid conduct, yet my client has Have decided to sue you for compensation.” The notice asked Malik to pay Rs 10 crore as compensation within 30 days or face legal action. The notice states that Mehbooba will not use the compensation money for any personal gain but for the public good.
Earlier on Wednesday, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had demanded an apology from Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik for his statement taking advantage of the Roshni Act. Mufti had said that Satyapal Malik should withdraw his statement otherwise she would take legal action against him. Mehbooba Mufti said this while sharing the video of Satyapal Malik’s statement. In this video, Satyapal Malik is seen saying that under the Roshni Act, former CM of the state Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had got plots done in their names.
This law was brought in 2001 only during the CM tenure of Farooq Abdullah. Under this law, a provision was made to give land rights to the occupiers of government land in exchange for some amount. The amount received from the land allotment was used for setting up hydroelectric power plants in the state. Due to this, it was named Roshni Scheme. However, the scheme was put on hold on the orders of the High Court. Not only this, the High Court had ordered the CBI to investigate this scheme.