After historian Ramachandra Guha alleged that the Sangh Parivar may be involved in the recent murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sent Guha a legal notice regarding the same. This is clearly a case of defamation and such cases have been on the rise against the BJP and the Sangh Parivar in recent times. Almost anything and everything that happens is blamed on the BJP and the Sangh Parivar, and most times without any evidence or proof or even logic. In the legal notice that has been sent to Guha, it has been mentioned that he should offer an unconditional apology with regards to his statement. In case he does not apologize, further legal action could be taken against him.
It may be recalled that Guha had quoted, “It is very likely that her murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi came.” Such statements are defamatory in nature and can be challenged in court. The constitution provides the right to speech, but it is wrong to accuse someone without any evidence. Such statements are given just to tarnish the image of someone or some organization, which comes under defamation laws and can be challenged in court. Even some of the statements and articles written by Gauri Lankesh had been challenged in the court and the court had fined her earlier.