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The News Minute| June 19, 2014| 8.30 am IST The Intelligence Bureau report on NGOs dated June 3, 2014 on “The concerted effort by select foreign funded NGOs to “take down” Indian developmental projects," has created much controversy. SP Udayakumar, leader of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy and the man who spearheaded the anti-Kudankulam project has sent a legal notice to the Ministy of Home Affairs. Here is a breakdown of what Udayakumar has said: 1. Udayakumar says he report was published with a view to maligning his reputation as an anti-nuclear activist and with a view to lowering his credit. 2. He has objected references in the report that says- "In 2011, anti-nuclear activism stalled the nearly commissioned Russian-assisted, Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu. The protests were spear-headed by Ohio State University funded, SP Udayakumar, and host of Western-funded NGOs. The larger conspiracy was unravelled when a German national provided Udayakumar a scanned map of all nuclear plant and uranium mining locations in India. The map included contact details of 50 Indian anti-nuclear actvists revealing an intricate Network aimed to 'take-down' India's nuclear programme through NGO activism." 3. Udayakumar says the report was 'leaked' by S A Rizvi, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau (MHA), "with the sole purpose of defaming" him. 4. He points out how the contents of the report led to news reports on him. He mentions a Times of India report that said, "It is said that in July 2010, Udayakumar received a contract from the Kirwan Institute for Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, US, as a consultant on 'group, race, class and democracy issues'. The report said Udayakumar was paid $21,120 up to June 2011 in a US bank account and was contracted to earn another $17,600 up to April 2012 for fortnightly reports." 3. My client states that the Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau(MHA) has not only released the above document viz., "detailed review" to the press but has also released his communication interpreting the "detailed review". My client states that the Joint Director has mischievously interpreted the "detailed review" in paragraph 3 of his letter that "the larger conspiracy was unravelled when a German national provided Udayakumar a scanned map of all nuclear plant and uranium mining locations in India. The map included contact details of 50 Indian anti-nuclear actvists revealing an intricate Network aimed to 'take-down' India's nuclear programme through NGO activism." Udayakumar has demanded that the MHA should initiate appropriate departmental disciplinary proceedings against S. A. Rizvi for leaking the report and its interpretation and has threatened to approach the Madras High Court if action is not taken within a week.
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