Bhopal: Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar on Saturday described the allegations of foreign funding against her organisation as baseless. She said it was prepared to face any inquiry.
Talking to mediapersons Ms. Patkar, who was here to participate in a two-day meeting of the National Alliance of People’s Movement, said the NBA would file its response to the notice.
She said Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua-resident Rahul Banerjee, who had been described as NBA member, was never an activist of the NBA.
She admitted that she knew Mr. Banerjee well and the latter had been supporting the movement.
However, the NBA had no financial links with him. Ms. Patkar said only Mr. Banerjee could reply to the allegations levelled against him. Describing the allegations on the NBA as a part of a conspiracy to divert the nation’s attention from serious issues of submergence and displacement in the Narmada Valley, she said the petition was politically motivated and aimed at maligning the NBA.
She raised questions on the credibility of the petitioner, National Council for Civil Liberties’ (NCCL) Chairman V. K. Saxena, saying he had previously tried to defame the NBA.
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre, MP and Gujarat governments, the NBA through Ms. Patkar and Mr. Banerjee on a petition demanding a CBI inquiry . — UNI