13 March, New Delhi:: Mr. V K Saxena, the former CEO of Adani and JK
His counsel, Mr. Mahipal Ahluwalia, having refused to carry on the cross examination, it was obvious that the hearings were not allowed to proceed on March 11th and 12th in the 15 years old cases that had come to the final stage and dates were fixed more than 2 months ago with the convenience of all by the Learned Metropolitan Magistrate Mr. Nishant Garg, at Saket Courts, New Delhi.
Mr. V. K. Saxena who had published defamatory advertisements through his Ahmedabad based NGO, National Council for Civil Liberties, had made funding related accusations against Medha Patkar and Narmada Bachao Andolan in the year 2000 and had also filed a PIL before the Supreme Court on similar grounds. A Judgement of July 2007 by justice Altamas Kabir had concluded that it was Private Interest Litigation and that there was no irregularity or illegality found with Narmada Bachao Andolan during the inquiry carried out by the Union Home Ministry under the leadership of Mr. L. K. Advani. The Union of India that had filed its response through an affidavit- in -reply to the petition referring to the same inquiry.
Mr Saxena has also filed 2 defamation cases against Medha patkar – one related to a press note and another, an interview on India TV.
Advocate Ms Sridevi Panikker, pleading for Medha Patkar challenged Mr. Saxena’s absence as well as absence of the witness he was supposed to produce as also his counsel’s refusal to cross examine Ms Medha Patkar. Mr VK Saxena is also an accused in the criminal case filed by Ms Patkar pertaining to physical attack inside the Sabarmati Ashram in 2002, during a peace meeting following the riots in Gujarat.
The hearing in the defamation cases will continue in May 2019 having reached the final stage.