Lucknow, April 6: Taking on the legal action against National Conference (NC) state Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu for allegedly spreading hatred against him and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday served a legal notice of defamation.
Notably, UP CM Adityanath served a legal notice of defamation to National Conference State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu through Counsel for Government of India, Dr. Abhishek Atrey for “a habit of spreading hate against the Bhartiya Janta Party” and “spreading false stories against Mahant Yogi Adityanath by blaming him that he asked Hindus to rape dead Muslim women”.
The legal notice states that Junaid Mattu has made “such statements to cause intentional hatred amongst people towards the Party and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, who have formed the present Government, thereby directly inciting hatred against the State Government, hence, seditious in nature”.
“In light of the above facts and circumstances, I request you to forthwith publish an apology in favour of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mahant Yogi Adityanath. On failure to do the needful within two weeks of receiving this notice the undersigned will be forced to proceed with the legal action against you”, the legal notice further states.
Meanwhile, NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu commented that he won’t be deterred by such “cowardly” acts. “Those who have openly incited violence against Muslims are ironically sending a legal notice to me for defamation. It seems Mahant Yogi Adityanath has mistaken notoriety for reputation. He has used intimidation and harassment as a political weapon in Uttar Pradesh. He has openly threatened Muslims of serious consequences and defamed them. I will respond to this notice legally through my lawyers. They are examining the legal notice and will respond appropriately”, Junaid said.