Gauri Lankesh case: BJP serves notice to Ramchandra Guha for linking Sangh Parivar with murder
Bengaluru: The BJP on Monday slapped a legal notice on author Ramchandra Guha for allegedly linking the Sangh Parivar with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, and asked him to apologise publicly for the same.
The legal notice, sent by the state Secretary of Karnataka BJP’s Yuva Morcha, said that Guha, in an interview to a news portal on September 6, mentioned Sangh Parivar in connection with Lankesh’s murder.
“It is very likely that her murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi came,” the notice quoted Guha as saying in the interview to Scroll.in.
“You have alleged that the perpetrators of the said crimes belong to our client’s organisation…As of today, the investigations into the said incidents are still in progress and have not yet concluded. No trial has taken place against any person, much less any conviction.
“Under such circumstances, without any basis or proof, you have given false and mischievous statements clearly calculated to defame our client’s organisation and its members,” the notice read.
It asked Guha to “categorically and clearly apologise publicly” for making such allegations “within three days from the date of receipt of this notice”, adding that the organisation (RSS) to which “you impute criminal motives, is a group of highly reputed and well regarded nationalist organisations”.
The notice said that if Guha fails to apologise, the BJP would be “constrained to initiate” civil and criminal prosecution against him. In tweets, after news of the BJP’s legal notice broke, Guha shared an essay he wrote on threats of freedom of expression in India. “In India today, independent writers and journalists are harassed, persecuted, and even killed. But we shall not be silenced,” he tweeted.
Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5. She was known for her strong views against right wing Hindutva politics.