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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Jamia Millia Jamia sends Rs.50 lakh defamation notice to RTI activist
Association for Protection of Civil Rights has flayed Jamia Millia Islamia for sending defamation notice of Rs.50 lakh to RTI activist Afroz Alam Sahil – who was instrumental in bringing into the public domain the post-mortem report of Batla House encounter – and termed the move as an attempt to harass him. Jamia authorities were peeved at Afroz Alam Sahil constantly questioning the administration through RTI. Rights group alleged that it is an open attempt to suppress the voice of dissen
t as well as freedom of speech. Mr. Sahil has also been campaigning for restoration of democratic rights for students of Jamia where election for Students Union have not been held since 2006. Mr. Sahil is also credited for bringing into public domain post-mortem report into the Batla House encounter through his RTI application apart from raising issues pertaining to corruption, fellowships, hostel allotment, health services and security for women.
Several organizations have demanded that Jamia administration withdraw its legal notice with immediate effect to ensure freedom of speech and to encourage its own outstanding student.
Scan of the legal notice of defamation is attached.