Shimla: A leading newspaper of North India, The Tribune has been slapped a Rs 1 Cr libel notice for wrongly naming an ex-bureaucrat in an attempt to rape case of a minor in Solan.
JR Gazta, who has taken to practicing law in the Himachal High Court after having retired as a senior IAS officer in Himachal said that the news item â€œEx-bureaucrat booked for attempt to rapeâ€ which appeared in The Tribune on 23 August, 2010 has grossly damaged his reputation by wrongly naming him in the report.
â€œI have asked my legal counsel PD Nanda to serve notice on the newspaper and have sought Rs 1 Cr as damages,â€ said Gazta.
The contentious report, quoting a police official, had mentioned that the former bureaucrat had attempted to rape a six-year old Nepalese girl, in a one room rented accommodation, while the girlâ€™s parents were not at home.
Meanwhile the newspaper today (26.8.2010) published a Clarification stating:
In a case of mistaken identity, a retired bureaucrat JR Gazta was wrongly mentioned as an accused in a case relating to attempt to rape a minor girl at Solan in a news item, â€œEx-bureaucrat booked for rapeâ€, appearing in these columns on August 23.
The case had actually been registered against another person with the same name who was also a former government employee. The error is deeply regretted.
Gazta said, â€œItâ€™s too late and too little after the harm done by the wrong news item.
â€œThe report has unnerved me and I have awkwardly been trying to tell family, relatives, colleagues and friends that I have been wrongly named,â€ he added.