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M. Radhakrishnan
281 (Old No . 134) Thambu Chetty Street
 
Advocate Chennai 600 001
mobile 9791096510 email  lawtomorrow@yahoo.com 
28 February 2012
 
Dr. Manmohan Singh
 
Prime Minister of India
 
South Block, Raisina Hill
 
New Delhi. 110 011Sir:
 
Under instructions from my client, Dr.S.P.Udayakumar, 27, Isanganvilai, Mani Veedhi,Parakkai Road Junction, Nagerkovil 629002, I address you as under:
 
My client was shocked to see a news item in The Hindu (City Edition : Chennai) dated 25February 2012. The caption of the news item in the front page of The Hindu reads
 “Centre pulls the plug on three NGOs: Action follows PM‟s statement that s
ome US based
NGOs are behind Kudankulam stir”.
Paragraph 1 of the news item reads:
 
 
 “Close on the heels of the publication of Prime Minister‟s Manmohan Singh‟s assertion in
an interview in the latest issue of 
Science 
that some United States-based NGOs are
behind the agitation against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, … …” 
 
 Your interview appeared in the online edition of “The Hindu” dated 24 February 2012 is
noteworthy :
 “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised
non-governmental organisations thatreceive support from abroad for stalling the use of genetic engineering in agriculture andleading protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
 
In an interview published in the latest issue of journal Science, Dr. Singh pointed to the
 
potential of biotechnology, saying “in due course of time we must make use of geneticengineering technologies to increase the productivity of our agriculture.” 
 
But controversies had arisen. “There are NGOs, often fund
ed from the United States andthe Scandinavian countries, which are not fully appreciative of the development
challenges that our country faces.” 
 
 
Then, referring to the protests at Kudankulam, he said: “the atomic energy programme
has got into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the United States,
 
don't appreciate the need for our country to increase the energy supply.” 
 
 Asked whether nuclear power had a role in India despite the Fukushima disaster in
Japan, he said, “Yes, where India is
concerned, yes. The thinking segment of our
population certainly is supportive of nuclear energy.” 
 
My client on seeing the above news items verified the veracity of the same with your
interview published in “Science” (Vol 335 : 24 February 2012) under the
 
caption “India‟s
Scholar-
Prime Minister Aims for Inclusive Development”.
Your interview runs thus:
 “Q:
Why did your government put a moratorium on the release of Bt brinjal?
 
M.S.:Biotechnology has enormous potential, and in due course of time we must make use
 
of genetic engineering technologies to increase the productivity of our agriculture. Butthere are controversies. There are NGOs, often funded from the United States and theScandinavian countries, which are not fully appreciative of the development challenges
 
that our country faces. But we are a democracy, we are not like China.
 
 You know, for example, what's happening in Kudankulam [in southern India, where localNGO-led protests have stalled commissioning of two 1000-megawatt nuclear reactors].The atomic energy program has got into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the United States, don't appreciate the need for our country to increase the
energy supply.” 
 
My client says that he is deeply hurt by your false statement that the atomic energyprogramme has got into difficulties because the NGOs, often funded from the United
States and the Scandinavian countries, don‟t appreciate the need for our country to
increase the energy supply. This statement appears to have been made by you onlywith a view to informing the public that the protest against the Kudankulam NuclearPower Plant in Tamil Nadu is going on with the assistance of the funds made availablefrom the United States and the Scandinavian countries. There is no basis whatsoever forthis statement made against my client who is the Coordinator of the protest.My client states that you have made this false statement against my client with anintention to harm his reputation. The statements made in your interview amount to animputation which directly, in the estimation of the members of the public, lowers themoral character of my client and also lowers the credit of my client. Your imputation that

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