June 12, 2010Mohan Lohani & Dipak Bastakoti
Dear Prof. Lohani and Dipakjee
Thanks for your solidarity. I am exploring the options I have. I am also waiting for their response to my latest emailed letter. I am given to understand that I first will need to approach Press Council before approaching a court. The problem with courts in Nepal is that they take inordinately long time to decide cases and will become very expensive. Kantipur being a rich media house can afford huge amount in legal costs which will be beyond my means to match.
Some well wishers of mine have also opined that it is not appropriate for a person to bite a dog back if the dog bites the person. I don’t want to be in this situation. In Nepal people have already learned quite a lot about this particular reporter and very few people believe in what he writes these days as he has resorted to the practice of writing based on “consideration” received or not given.
I am keeping my options open and promise to keep you posted with the development here.
With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha
From: Mohan Lohani [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 6:21
To: Dipak BastakotiCc: email@example.com
Subject: Re: About the Article in Kantipur
I agree with you that if Ratna Sansarji feels that there is character assassination in Bikash Thapa's article in which he has been projected as a villain(khlanayak),he could go to court and file a case of defamation.If a person is not guilty,he/she should not be scared to face the open society.Thanks for your advice
Tks and regds,
--- On Thu, 6/10/10, Dipak Bastakoti
From: Dipak Bastakoti firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: About the Article in Kantipur
To: email@example.comCc: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:18 AM
Dear Ratna Sansar / Lohani sir,
I also read the news article by Bikash Thapa as usual I do about the Hydro and energy of Nepal.
When I read the recent article where your name also reads as Khalanayaka Nepalese Hydro sectors shocked me because some of your interview in TV and other programs and from your blog are quite good and inspirable.
If you are not associated and not Khalanayak of the project please go to the court for defamation and go against these corrupt and yellow writers and journalists and newspapers !! ( When they write all against Maoists you all clap and laugh, when they write against you then what are you looking for ??? )