A senior bureaucrat has found himself on the wrong side of the law for allegedly defamatory comments in an email.
The Mulund metropolitan court on Tuesday issued summons to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Additional Municipal Commissioner, R.A. Rajeev, for allegedly posting a defamatory comment against a garbage processing firm and its director in an email and circulating it.
“Was if garbage processing was so economical, beneficial (sic) companies like Mini Agrotech there would have been no problem of waste management in this country,” Rajeev allegedly wrote in an email in May last year.
“Such company would have taken waste directly from the households and gone for so lucrative processing (sic).”
The email reached Director of Mini Agrotech, Brijesh Kumar Mundada, who went to court saying he had entered into an agreement with the civic body for processing garbage in Mulund.
“According to the agreement, the firm offered that they would process the garbage for free and from the profit thus generated, they would pay a royalty of 1 per cent to the BMC,” said Mundada’s lawyer Kiran N. Makasare.
Makasare added that after the agreement, Mundada deposited Rs 1 lakh as earnest money with the municipal corporation.
“Later, BMC also alleged that from the signing of the contract in 2001 till 2007 the company did not do anything,” Mundada said.
The court issued a notice to Rajeev on Monday and issued summons on Tuesday asking him to appear before the court on June 28, Makasare said.
Rajeev told Hindustan Times that the police had filed a report to the court that the email does not make for a case of defamation.
“The court has initiated a process [taken cognisance of the case] and asked me or my legal representative to remain present,” said Rajeev.
He insisted that the court had not issued summons.