The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Karnataka youth wing today slapped a legal notice against noted historian Ramchandra Guha over comments the latter made in the aftermath of the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
A day after Lankesh was shot dead at her Bengaluru home, Ram Guha seemingly blamed the Sangh Parivar for the scribe’s murder.
“It is very likely that her [Gauri Lankesh’s] murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of [Govind] Pansare, [Narendra] Dabholkar and [MM] Kalburgi came,” Guha had said, referring to the murders of rationalists in which elements of the right-wing are suspected to be involved.
The Karnataka BJP’s youth wing has taken offence to Guha’s comments and in its legal notice that Guha immediately apologise.
In the notice, a copy of which is with IndiaToday.in, Karunakar Khasale, state secretary of BJP Yuva Morcha, Karnataka, accuses Guha of making “false” and “baseless allegations” that are “calculated to tarnish the image and reputation of” the RSS and the BJP.
“Your deliberate, false and calculated statement against our client’s organisation has caused great anguish in the minds thousands of its members and sympathisers,” the notice reads. “your baseless utterances are also calculated to influence and mislead the on-going investigations of the said incidents. This amounts to illegal interference in the course of justice and is also a grave offence.”
The notice demands that Guha immediately issue an apology to the BJP and the RSS for “making such defamatory, baseless and false allegations”. Guha has been asked to refrain from making similar statements.
“If you fail to comply with the aforesaid instructions, our client… would be constrained to initiate civil and criminal prosecution against you, at your sole costs and consequences,” the notice ends.
But rather than apologising for his statements, Guha started to play the victim card:
In India today, independent writers and journalists are harassed, persecuted, and even killed. But we shall not be silenced.
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) September 11, 2017