Srinagar: Naeem Geelani, son of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has served a legal notice to three editorial members of the Tribune newspaper, accusing them of misinformation and defamation.
The legal notice was served on behalf of Naeem to editor-in-chief of newspaper Harish Khare, its JK editor Arun Joshi and local reporter Samaan Latief for allegedly publishing a “malicious story about his father” in its 10th December 10, 2016 edition.
“There was a paragraph in the story which was malicious, defamatory and misleading,” Naeem said.
He said the paragraph, “hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani’s attempt to keep the separatist leadership within his family has suffered a setback as his eldest son’s attempt to seek the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) membership has been rejected,” gave “an impression that my father was pursuing a case for me.”
“If my membership request was rejected, how does it mean a setback for my father? How does it mean that my father was trying to keep the leadership within the family? It is a simple assumption based on no facts,” Naeem told Kashmir Reader.
“After the legal notice, if we are not satisfied with their reply, we will follow it with a proper court case,” he said.
On December 10, 2016, the newspaper reported that Naeem’s application was rejected by Tehree-e-Hurriyat (TeH) general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai for “not meeting the party’s criteria.”
The newspaper had reported, quoting Sehrai, that for becoming a member of the TeH, a person needs to be a “pious Muslim and a pro-freedom activist”.
To seek the membership, Sehrai had told the newspaper that a person has to follow a procedure which includes the approval of the Tehsil president of the TeH followed by the approval of its district president, general secretary and then finally by Geelani, he added.
However, Zaffar had sent his application without the approval reports of the tehsil and district presidents, the newspaper had reported.
“There was no report from the tehsil and district presidents. I was under house arrest and to interview him (Zaffar), which is part of the procedure for seeking the membership, was not possible,” reported newspaper quoting Sehrai.