A Metropolitan Court has ordered a police inquiry in a criminal defamation case against Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar.
Metropolitan Magistrate AR Patel on Thursday ordered Narangpura police to conduct an inquiry in the case and submit a detailed report at the earliest on a complaint by president of National Council of Civil Liberties VK Saxena.
The controversy began when Patkar in an interview to a television channel on April 20, 2006 alleged that Saxena had received civil contracts of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited. In the same programme she had claimed that a case filed by her against Saxena was going on in a court in New Delhi.
Patkar had also said that she had a compact disc proving the allegations.
Saxena had denied the allegations and sent a legal notice to Patkar. He approached the court after she did not reply to the legal notice for 45 days.
Saxena's advocate TS Nanavati said the metropolitan court ordered police inquiry under Section 202 of the Criminal Procedure Code.