Ezboard inc has apologised for posting "scurrilous and perverse" allegations against Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi. This was in response to a legal notice Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi had recently settled, on behalf of Rahul, to Ezboard inc and Rohit Vyasman of hinduunity.org at their US addresses, warning them of prosecution for their "wild and irresponsible behaviour".
While apologising, Ezboard said that it had not authored the write-up. It also said that it has closed the website which posted the article.
But there has been no response so far from Vyasman or hinduunity.com that is reportedly closely linked to Bajrang Dal. However, the RSS has distanced itself from this site and even informed the Congress leadership that they have had nothing to do with it.
The Rahul case is the fourth major controversy dealing with the Gandhi family that Singhvi has been called upon to tackle in recent months. Last year, he had organised a legal notice against a website which put out some slanderous material on Feroze Gandhi. Within weeks, an apology came and the website was closed.
In July 2006, a legal notice was sent to film producer Jagmohan Mundhra for trying to make a film based on a journalist's book on Sonia Gandhi. Mundhra clarified that he had no intention of producing the film. Later on, Singhvi organised a meeting between Mundhra and Sonia. On his part, the journalist wrote to Penguin, his publisher, that the book was not meant to be used for producing a film.
Last month, Singhvi had sent a legal notice to Newsweek for "several inaccuracies" in an article they carried on Rahul. The magazine tendered an apology and admitted it had erred in reporting that the Amethi MP had failed to earn a degree while studying at Cambridge and Harward and that he did not stick with the Monitor job for very long.
"These were four recent and sensitive issues, more so because they were outrageously false and intended to misinform and mislead. I am particularly happy that extremely expeditious closure has been achieved without unnecessary waste of time and resources or protracted litigation," said Singhvi.