Ex-aide sues Teesta for defamation,says she paid witnesses to lie

Rais Khan Pathan,former associate of activist Teesta Setalvad,filed a defamation case against her in a metropolitan court here on Wednesday alleging she had published defamatory remarks against him in her magazine “Communal Combat” and posted the articles on the website.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: June 21, 2012 1:55:32 am

Rais Khan Pathan,former associate of activist Teesta Setalvad,filed a defamation case against her in a metropolitan court here on Wednesday alleging she had published defamatory remarks against him in her magazine “Communal Combat” and posted the articles on the website.

In his petition,Khan has also accused Teesta of inciting witnesses of post-Godhra riots to frame innocent people and discrediting him by saying he had close ties with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

The court has posted the matter for hearing on July 18,when Khan’s complaint will be verified.

Khan (46),a resident of Rakhial in Ahmedabad,earlier worked with Teesta’s NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) before being terminated from the service in 2008.

“Since there were thousands of rioters,victims were not able to recognise all the accused. When they failed to give names of persons who attacked them,they were asked to give names based on their enmity with the persons in their locality to fix them,” Khan stated in his application.

Claiming he used to get money from Teesta and CJP for local expenses,Khan says in his application,“Payments to victims was not Teesta’s priority,but payments to witnesses was. A witness was paid anything between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh while the victim was paid only Rs 5,000.”

“Teesta sacked Khan on January 1,2008,without any notice,reason for which was probably the complainant’s refusal to do things that were not in the interests of communal harmony,” the application states.

“During a visit to Mumbai office of CJP,Khan saw a few people from the underworld sitting with the Teesta. When he inquired about those people,she objected and asked him to stick to his work,” the complaint says.

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