Mehbooba replies to Omar's legal notice

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Srinagar, Nov 27 (UNI) Reiterating her demand for a thorough probe into the alleged association of National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah with Malegaon blast accused Swami Dayanand Pandey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said Dr Abdullah was trying to hoodwink the issue.

Replying, through her counsel, to the legal notice issued by Dr Abdullah, the PDP president stated that she stood by her demand for a thorough investigation into the alleged association of the NC president with Swami Pandey.

''People want to know what Omar was doing there with Swami Pandey in that function,'' she questioned.

She said that the contents of the notice did not constitute an offence of defamation, as defined in Section 499, RPC.

''None of the ingredients, as provided under Section 499, RPC were made out from your notice, so the notice sent by you to my client is uncalled for,'' the reply said.

Ms Mufti said that the notice of Mr Abdullah admitted that a photograph with Swami Pandey was taken at a social function organised by the Durganath Trust.

The reply said any civil or criminal proceedings filed by Dr Abdullah including suit for damages of Rs 1 crore against Ms Mufti shall be ''defended at your (Omar) risk and cost.'' The counsel for Ms Mufti, in the reply, said, ''She stands by her demand for a thorough investigation to determine any connection between Dr Abdullah and Swami Pandey.'' The NC president had recently sent a notice to Ms Mufti asking her to withdraw the her remarks and tender in apology or face legal action.

The PDP president said the latest highly condemnable, outrageous and tragic violence in Mumbai, in which scores of innocent lives were lost, have added a quite intriguing and dangerous dimension to the Malegaon blast probe, as the chief of the Maharashtra ATS, along with his team, investigating the Malegaon blasts had been eliminated under mysterious circumstances in these attacks.

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