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Sukhbir Singh Badal serves legal notice to CM Bhagwant Mann, gives him five days to tender an apology

AMRIK SINGH | November 17, 2023 06:44 PM

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Aklai Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today sent a legal notice to chief minister Bhagwant Mann to submit a written apology within five days with regard to malicious utterances made by him with the aim of maligning the reputation of the SAD president as well as his family.

In the legal notice sent to the chief minister, Mr Sukhbir Badal said the chief minister had deliberately made an outlandish statement on November 1 at a so-called one man debate held in Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana that the Badal family had compromised Punjab’s river water interests for personal gains. The notice said the chief minister had, under a deep rooted conspiracy, claimed that a private canal was dug up to provide water to irrigate the Badal family’s lands in Balsar village in Haryana. The notice also mentioned that the chief minister has resorted to damage the reputation of the family by making wild allegations about the family’s transport business.

In the legal notice, served through his advocate Arshdeep Singh Kler, the SAD president said all this had been done by the chief minister in a pre-planned manner with the sole objective to malign the personal, social and political reputation of Badal family.The notice said the chief minister had access to all the correct facts but he chose to defame Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal deliberately and that this amounted to personal persecution.

The notice has asked the chief minister to tender an unconditional apology within five days of receipt of the notice or face a defamation case in the matter.

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