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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dr Subramanian Swamy sent a legal notice to leading national daily the Time of India on Sundayseeking an apology for allegedly publishing false and defamatory news about him. The newspaper published a story on December 28 saying that the senior BJP leader in a function at Banaras Hindu University campus called demon king Ravana and his wife ‘Dalit’. Also Read - Congress' Priyanka Gandhi Slams UP Govt Over Rising Incidents of Crime Against Women in State

Describing the TOI report false, Swami in a legal notice said that he did not make any such statement. Swamy further accused the newspaper of intentionally publishing the false report to spoil his reputation. Also Read - 65-Year-Old Dalit Man Beaten Up & Forced to Drink Urine in Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur, One Arrested

Seeking an unconditional apology, Swamy argued that the reporter or the publisher should have confirmed the news with him before publishing it. Swami demanded apology along with Rs 1 crore for defaming him.

The newspaper reported, “Swamy surprised the gathering with his historical finding that demon king Ravana and his wife Mandodari were dalits from UP. He said that Ravana was born at Basrakh near Ghaziabad while Mandodari was from Meerut region. After being blessed by Lord Shiva, Ravana dethroned Kuber to capture power in Lanka.”