Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday wrote to the Foreign Secretary to ask India’s United Nations (UN) Permanent Representative to seek UN Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng’s apology or clarification on the wrong and slanderous statements. Swamy already declared that he will sue Dieng for his misquoting Swamy as having said that “Muslims are not equal to Hindus in Indian Constitution”. Adama Dieng was citing a TV channel VICE which had filed a wrong report on this regard.
UN Under Secretary General Mr.Adama Dieng slandered me in a press release in New York saying I had said in an interview to a Pakistani owned TV channel that Muslims are not equal to Hindus in Indian Constitution. This is a blatant lie so I will take steps to sue him in court.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 19, 2020
VICE is a TV channel based in Canada owned by a Pakistani origin person, who was caught earlier too for several incidents of fake news. “I am enclosing with this letter a copy of the United Nations press release issued by the Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng. This Press Release was issued on May 18, 2020. While the statement is a general attack on the Indian Government arising from the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which the Parliament passed in early December 2019, in the said Press release there is a paragraph relating to me and my alleged statement that Muslims are not equal to other citizens of India, and the Under-Secretary General’s condemnation of that alleged statement.
“There is no such statement of mine either in Parliament while the CAA was being debated, nor in any interview, I have given anywhere,” said Swamy in his letter to India’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Swamy pointed out that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also made a similar statement against him citing the VICE TV channel, which never produced the full unedited video of the interview.
“Now once again the same doctored material is being relied on, without due diligence, by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. This is serious defamation and conduct unbecoming of a United National official.
“I propose therefore to take legal action according to Indian Law and I am examining the case law by which the Under-Secretary-General Mr.Dieng may be summoned as an accused under Indian law to face this criminal complaint in an Indian Court. Our Permanent Representative may be asked to bring this to the Under-Secretary-General and asked if he can issue a correction and an apology without any having to send a Court Notice. If your Ministry can take this step, and the matter concluded without a messy Court battle for the Under-Secretary-General, it can avoid some diplomatic embarrassment,” said Swamy in the letter to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
Subramanian Swamy’s detailed letter is published below: