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Copyright Lawsuit: Defenses Glorifying the Aga Khan filed in federal Court - 2010-04-29

Thursday, 2010, April 29
Heritage News

In a surprisingly rapid twist of events, both Mr Tajdin and Mr Jiwa have filed their respective statements of Defense this 29th of April 2010. They affirm to being devoted followers who will unconditionally abide by the wishes of the Aga Khan, whom they glorify in their defense.

Mr Tajdin declares that:

He has not been served yet but the ethics imposed upon him by his faith demands that he should not keep in ignorance the public by being silent on the issue and should clarify all of the facts, pertaining to this lawsuit, of which he is aware.

He reaffirms his allegiance to the Aga Khan, is willing to submit to any of his wishes, and is ready to surrender himself and all his possessions to the Imam.

He has been printing Farman books since 1992 with approval and instructions from the Imam received on August 15, 1992 in Montreal.

He has not received any communication from the Imam from 1992 to 2009 instructing him to stop publication.

He cannot stop publication without instruction from the Imam as this would be a breach of his oath of allegiance to the Imam.

All Farman publications were financial deficit projects done as a volunteer service and large numbers of books were distributed free of charge.

Farman sharing is a historic Ismaili tradition which still continues today.

The current Ismaili Constitution does not restrict the right to publish Farmans

Mr Tajdin concludes that:

He has no choice but to await further direct instructions from the Imam.

He reaffirms his allegiance to the Aga Khan, is willing to submit to any of His wishes, and is ready to surrender himself and all his possessions to the Imam.

Mr Jiwa states that:

"This action does not appear to have been authorized personally by the Aga Khan .."

"In distributing Farman books obtained from Tajdin to other Ismailis, he has not violated either the Ismaili Constitution or any Farmans"

He has not violated the copyright act as "Tajdin was given express authority by the Imam" and regardless of the fact that "the limitations period provided for by the Copyright Act also bars this action as the books containing the Farmans were commenced publication in the year 1992", he will still do whatever the Imam tells him to do.

Mr Jiwa clarifies finances:

He "obtains these books for C$50.00 and sells them for C$50.00 or gives them free, without any profit.

"All monies received by him from the sale of (other) books after 2005 were delivered to the Jamatkhanas"

Mr Jiwa further states that:

"If the Imam edited the Farman before releasing to the Jamats, in effect he is superceding the Farman he made orally previously."

He "unconditionally reconfirms his oath of allegiance to his Imam" and "if the Imam does not desire his Farman books to be distributed to the Jamats (...) this defendant will submit to the instructions of His Imam without reservation whatsoever"

Replies From the Plaintiff are due within 10 days, and Affidavits of Documents are due 30 days later.

[Update from May 6: Ogilvy Renault, the law firm which launched the case has asked for an extension of 15 days to reply to the Defense. They claim delays due to breakdown of email servers, blackberry communication, travel of senior lawyer, time difference with Paris etc...The more delays in this file, the more damage it creates to the reputation of the Ismaili community, the Imam and the defendants. It is to the advantage of all parties that this case be withdrawn from the courts.]

[Update from June 22: Defendants have filed a Motion for summary Judgement to have the case dismissed.]

[Update from September 5:
Online Book that gathers court materials as well as articles that are currently available for the ongoing 2010 Lawsuit:

Copyright Lawsuit 2010: Online Book of All available Materials
News on cross-examinations:
Copyright Lawsuit: CROSS_EXAMINATIONS Table of Contents - 2010-09-04
Latest Development
Copyright Lawsuit: Imam Appears for Discovery and Ends the Case - 2010-10-15
As users are asking to read the letters from Nagib and Alnaz on the court docket, the latest have been attached on the following link:
A. Various Court Filings

Revised Factums have been posted Here:
2010-11-29 Summary Judgment : Plaintiffs Revised Combined Factums of Reply and of Motion
2010-11-29 Summary Judgment: Defendants' Revised Factums of Motion and of Reply

There has been proven fraud in the recent past in the Aga Khan's domain by the Aga Khan's agents:
Aga Khan Lawsuit: Fraud at Aga Khan Studs - 2000-02-22

2011-05-25: A Jamati Member who has never met the Defendants volunteered as his brotherly duty to pay the $30,000 that was demanded in the Plaintiff''s submissions and that was accordingly ordered by the judge.
Read the full details of the $30,000 payment directly to H.H. The Aga Khan.

2011-06-16: The Appeal Memorandum of Fact and Law against the Summary Judgment has been filed in court by the defendants on June 16th, 2011.
Read the Full Appeal Memorandum of Fact and Law

Link to Court Docket Case T-514-10
Link to Court Docket Appeal A-60-11
Link to Court Docket Appeal A-59-11
Link to Court Docket Appeal A-156-13

Latest News Comments

Tajdin Defence Apr 29.10.pdf491.02 KB
Jiwa AK Defence Apr 29.10.pdf543.82 KB


Hearing 7 October 2014 ...

Letter to Shafik Sachedina & leaders, as received

Thanks. And see the time line below. Shafik said that it was Mr Carnegie who was first instructed by him and Hazar Imam. However Shafik has been instructing Gray and Mr Carnegie was not present in 15th October 2010. He was in court at a hearing and his presence was acknowledged by the judge.

I hope the lawsuit can be ended before 7 October 2014, as Imam said and directed.

Since Mr Carnegie is copied, and was instructed - involved by Shafik in the you tube letter you drafted recently, I would welcome your clarification regarding what Shafik has said below regarding your role and instruction in the lawsuit against Nagib and Alnaz.

AZIM Lakhani says he was not consulted
- LIF role & Processes
Cross-Examination by Mr Jiwa. What Sachedina said re LIF announcement?
Q. My question was who drafted it?
A. I've told you the process. It is done by the LIF Secretariat with the chairman of the LIF, myself, and the president of the council where the jurisdiction is of the countries involved were consulted. Link of cross examination …..http://ismaili.net/heritage/node/30380

No LIF Board meeting ? Was there s meeting of the Natiinal Council of Canada ? Were the 2 LIF announcements really prepared jointly by, Vazir Dr Sachedina, (SS) Vazir Dr Azim Lakhani, (AL) Vazir Dr E Rupani (ER) and in consultation with the Presidents of Canada, and Kenya? (MM we know was involved as SS said MM was involved and Hazar Imam spoke only to MM and Mr Carnegie , according to Shafik but not Azim Lakhani- MM was at meeting on 15 October 2010 invited by Gray.

TIMELINE of facts between 4 January 2010 and April 2010 (when the lawsuit was filed)

4 Jan 10 Nagib sends a private sealed letter to the Imam, and offering 2000+ books of Farmans for each Jamatkhana free of charge.

16 Jan 10 First LIF announcement (So Hazar Imam instructed LIF but LIF do not discuss with, or meet Nagib or Alnaz or even check what Alnaz did ). Was this announcement really considered and or drafted by SS, ER, AL, all Presidents and ITREB of Canada and Kenya ? Were They all consulted ? When? How?

24 Jan 10 A scanned letter from Imam was emailed by SS to Nagib who requested a meeting with Hazar Imam to seek clarification. Dr SS thwarted attempts by Nagib to speak to, or meet Imam for clarification of consent or a Farman (instruction) to stop sharing Farmans with the Jamat.

17 Feb 10 A telephone conversation between SS and Nagib. Nagib informs SS about alleged forgery. SS makes threats to ruin Nagib and is aggressive. Everyone knows how aggressive and arrogant SS has become. Nagib requests SS to do the following ; 1. To show to the Imam the sealed letter from Nagib to the Imam dated 4 Jan 10. 2. To show to the Imam the scanned letter which SS sent to them with a forged signature 3. To Inform the Imam that he (Dr SS) has made a mistake and to seek forgiveness from Imam. Nagib assured SS that if SS does, then Nagib will close this matter and work together going forward.

18 Feb 10 In less than 10 working hours ! A second letter is sent by Dr Sachedina from Hazar Imam. This is on a serious and an unprecedented issue. Imam considers all issues in detail generally and has given directions for Leaders to do so. The tone , style and content of the letter was not that of Imam but SS. Did SS speak to or explain to Hazar Imam, what had transpired including, the claim of Forgery and mehmani 18 years ago, 10 publications what Nagib said etc. Hazar Imam decided to write and send a letter to Nagib in that tone, style and content, within 10 hours ?

30 Mar 10 SS says under oath that he was directed by Hazar Imam to discuss amongst leaders and Imam that decided to file the Lawsuit on about 30th March 2010. Easter week.. SS says he discussed only with MM, who he thought had spoken directly with Hazar Imam. SS said Mr Carnegie was instructed by Hazar Imam personally on 30 March which is a Tuesday. Friday 2nd April 2010 was Easter Friday. He instructed the lawyers. SS did not know Gray but Carnegie knows the firm. SS is expecting us to believe the case was prepared, Carnegie was instructed in France and he then instructed lawyers in Canada, all affidavits prepared and case read and filed in 2 working days. He is not telling the truth.. Due diligence usually in a normal case takes two days minimum, and In a high profile international and unprecedented case, at least 7 working days, especially as SS claims that this lawyer is new and was never used before. So did MM, SS, Hazar Imam AB and MM would have had to clear their diaries to focus on the filing of this case on 31 March 2010, and worked during the easter weekend? Did lawyers have a full 24/7 team, with 24/7 access to SS, MM. AB and Hazar Imam? This would be necessary to finalise and file by Tuesday 6th. So less than 2 working days. (This cannot be true. Sachedina did not tell the truth)

6 Apr 10 Lawsuit is filed in court. So must have been ready by Last Thursday 1st April , before Easter Friday .

11 Apr 10 SS informs the Leadership in London. He instructs Leaders not to discuss this lawsuit, nor the issues in the Lawsuit because he says Hazar Imam has directed Leaders not to. There is no such Farman shared with Leaders or read in Jamat Khanna. Yet after 4 days there is an LIF announcement saying Imam has authorized LIF to inform the Jamat of all the steps for clarity - to avoid any confusion or speculation. Sachedina says it was Prepared by LIF and also says Hazar Imam drafted this announcement. (read comments and his cross examination)

15 Apr 10 3 days after the London leaders meeting, the LIF announcement is read in 4 regions. India refused to announce it. The LIF announcement says, Imam has authorized LIF to Inform the Jamat and Imam has approved the book of Farmans to be published and, every effort was made to conciliate with the Murids before the lawsuit was filed. This is not true as no meetings by LIF with Alnaz or Nagib. Also Sachedina says Hazar Imam apparently read this announcement to him while he was on his way to the Airport to London ( when all UK airports were closed due to volcanic ash) He also says the LIF process is to deliberate and to prepare this announcement jointly by SS, ER, AL and the Presidents of Canada and Kenya. ( on an unprecedented case why no other LIF members or scholars or IIS were consulted)

Read what Alnaz Jiwa says regarding and what Hazar Imam said. http://ismaili.net/heritage/node/29740#comment-12932

Read what Nagib says The Real question to ask:

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