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NH & NMA serve legal notice to Anandita Singh for ‘defamatory article’

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Dimapur, September 18: The Naga Hoho (NH) and the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) through its lawyer have issued a legal notice to Anandita Singh, Research Scholar at Centre for North East Studies, Benaras Hindu University for her “defamatory and vexatious article” against the two organizations.
The legal notice was issued on August 27. She has been asked to comply with the notice within a period of 15 days of receipt, which was delivered on September 12 at New Delhi.
In a joint statement, NH & NMA said her article “Naga Hoho – The Babbling Brook of Nagaland” dated August 18, 2020, “are false, frivolous and vexatious with an intention to cause damages, defame and tarnish the image and reputation of Naga Hoho and NMA inciting hatred amongst the civil societies of the Nagas and the outside world.
“The author has casted aspersions on the integrity of the Naga Hoho and NMA without verifying the veracity of the facts at hand by inciting the defamatory statements against the organization,” it said.
“That Ms. Andandita, have portrayed the NH & NMA a picture which shows the organization in a very poor light and raises negative question marks over the organization’s integrity and principles,” the notice said.
In the article, Andandita had alleged, “……Naga Hoho claims to be an apex body of the Naga tribes, while in reality it is meek puppet in the hands of insurgent outfit Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM) ………”
“….. They have zero credibility and zero support and it is immensely evident that these organizations are only creating chaos and hungry to stay in power, to harass and extort the people of Nagaland….”
The NH & NMA said they are legitimate organization working for a common platform towards reconciliation by upholding the solidarity and unity of the Naga people, to preserve and promote social, cultural, economic and political heritage, to promote fraternity and unity securing lasting peace and justice under a common order and to promote all round growth of the Naga people.
“In the light of the above, false, frivolous and vexatious article with an intention to cause damage to NH & NMA by way of defaming and tarnishing the image and reputation of the organizations which has directly and indirectly effected the on-going Naga peace process, as such, Ms. Anandita shall be solely responsible if any untoward incident or stumbling block/hindrance occur due to her defamatory and vexatious article,” it said, adding the article amounts to defamation of both civil and criminal under section 499 of IPC punishable under section 500 of the code with imprisonment
The legal notice asked Anandita to immediately withdraw all the allegations and aspersions made against the organizations which have defamed the hard-earned status and image; immediately stop sharing, withdraw and desist from making/publishing any more false, malicious and defamatory remarks/articles against the said organizations and immediately remove the above-mentioned article that have been uploaded in the website as well as similar articles published either online/or print forum whatsoever, and tender an unconditional public apology through print and electronic media with regard to the baseless allegations.
In case of failure to comply with the notice within the stipulated period of legal notice, the NH & NMA said it will pursue legal action against Anandita, civil as well as criminal, in the appropriate court of law.
(Page News Service)

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