1997 suit against me being pursued aggressively after Nobel: Kailash Satyarthi

In his plea filed this week, child rights activist Satyarthi, requested the court to direct the complainants to furnish security for the costs incurred or likely to be incurred by him and his wife to defend themselves.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 3, 2015 5:01:16 am

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has filed a plea before a Delhi court, stating a 1997 civil suit accusing him of misappropriation of funds is “malafide” and the complainants “aggressively” started pursuing proceedings after he was awarded the prestigious prize.

The plea was filed before Additional District Judge Kamini Lau in the pending suit filed against Satyarthi and his wife Sumedha by Mukti Pratisthan Trust and four trustees. They have alleged Satyarthi and his wife embezzled huge sums of money belonging to the trust by maintaining false accounts.

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In his plea filed this week, child rights activist Satyarthi, who got the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, requested the court to direct the complainants to furnish security for the costs incurred or likely to be incurred by him and his wife to defend themselves.

“In case any cost of proceedings are awarded, it will not be possible for defendants to recover the same from plaintiffs as they do not possess any sufficient movable property within India from which they can realise the costs. The plaintiffs do not own any assets from which the defendants may be able to realise the cost of proceedings,” Satyarthi’s application said, alleging that the complainants had misappropriated trust properties for their own benefit.

The complainants had earlier submitted to the court that they could not bear even half the cost of a chartered accountant to be appointed by them to look into the accounts of the trust.

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