Chennai, Feb 6 (PTI) Rejecting charges of his involvementin the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Tamil Nadu Chief Ministerand DMK chief M Karunanidhi today issued a legal notice toJanata Party president Subramanian Swamy, demanding retractionof his ''statement'' linking him to the scam within 24 hours.
The DMK patriarch, in his notice to Swamy, dismissed theallegation as "motivated by your personal malice, politicalrivalry and clamour for cheap publicity."
Karunanidhi''s notice issued through counsel P R Ramancomes a day after Swamy''s plea in a Delhi court forcontinuance of his private complaint in the case, seeking toclaim that it covered a wider canvas of "involvement" of theDMK patriarch.
The Janata Party leader had said he intends to file anapplication seeking to implead Karunanidhi in the case asthere was sufficient evidence to that effect.
"In newspaper reports dated February 6, 2011, you arebelieved to (have) made an open press statement that theso-called ''2G spectrum'' case was much wider than what is beinginvestigated by CBI and that you have personal knowledge thatthe alleged 2G scam also involves concerns of nationalsecurity and involvement of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister," thenotice said.
The statement was made "recklessly" with the intention ofcausing "serious injury" to Karunanidhi''s image andreputation, the notice issued to Swamy''s Chennai residentialand official address, which was released to the media, said.
"Our client categorically states that he has noinvolvement whatsoever in the so-called 2G spectrum case andyour attempt to involve his fair name is motivated. Thestatement constitutes a wilful and malicious defamation of hischaracter," it said.
The notice asked Swamy to immediately issue a publicretraction of the statement within 24 hours, failing whichKarunanidhi would institute appropriate civil and/or criminalproceedings against him for defamation of character.
It said Karunanidhi is "acknowledged to be an elderstatesman in Indian politics," besides being a five-time chiefminister.
The Delhi court had last month held as "maintainable"Swamy''s private complaint filed on December 15 last year.
Swamy had pleaded that his complaint be taken cognisanceof and former Telecom Minister A Raja be summoned to take thecase to its logical conclusion.
The Janata Party president had also requested the courtto appoint him "as a deemed public prosecutor under theprovisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act." PTI SA APR RAAPR