NEW DELHI: Apart from BJP IT chief Amit Malviya, Advocate Mehmood Pracha has sent defamation notices to five media houses over reportedly false allegations of defining the women of Shaheen Bagh as ‘paid protesters’.
Addressing a press conference, Paracha on Tuesday said legal suit of Rs 1 crore was sent to Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV, Sudhir Chowdary’s Zee News, Times Now operated by The Times Group, TV18 and News Nation.
He stated that a criminal case will also be pursued against all these media houses, which might entail a punishment of up to two years.
He said that the media houses have run the one-sided story of Amit Malviya without taking into account of the Shaheen Bagh version.
Talking about the meeting between Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal with a delegation of protesters including the three elderly women from Shaheen Bagh, Paracha said that it was “unauthorised,” saying that they cannot “take away the women like that for a meeting.”
He said that the senior-most women protesters were taken to the LG without taking permission from the general body of the Shaheen Bagh.
The protest at Shaheen Bagh began on December 15 with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. It has now become the longest ongoing protest against CAA-NRC-NPR, triggering similar movements in different parts of the country, from Kolkata to Prayagraj (Allahabad) to Bhopal and Pune to Lucknow, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) and more.