The state government has slapped
a notice on one of the leading Tamil Daily ‘Dinamalar’, seeking
explanation for publishing what it called false news about the Kalaignar
Housing Scheme and the Mullaperyar Dam issue.
A government statement said “The news has been published with an
ulterior motive to create public opinion against the government
and to disturb peace”.
“A legal notice had been sent to the newspaper asking it to issue
a retraction, failing which the government would take appropriate
criminal proceedings for defamation and also take appropriate civil
proceedings for damages”, according to Government Pleader Raja Kalifulla.
He called for a statement in the next issue of the daily withdrawing
the “baseless, mischievous and malicious statement.”