Someone claiming to be Anil Potti — and whom we have good reason to believe is actually him, for reasons we’ll get into — emailed us tonight to say that he had “no part whatsoever” in the takedown of Retraction Watch posts about him:
I don’t know who is and why they are doing this.
Potti offered a few possibilities, which have certainly occurred to us too. The person behind the takedown notices might be
someone who has an agenda and just wants to keep my name in the limelight, or some “well wisher” who thinks he/she is helping me by doing this…
Potti also said that the online reputation manager service that he reportedly hired was actually the effort of one such well-wisher. That service was terminated last year at his request, he said, and the people who hired them did not know anything about the takedown notices either.
As Retraction Watch readers can understand, we wanted some proof that this was actually Potti emailing us. While there’s really no way to be 100% sure, he did send us, at our request, material to which only Potti would have access.
We of course have lots more questions for Potti, and he said he hoped to be able to discuss the case further at some point. For now, he said, he has been advised to wait until malpractice lawsuits pending against him are resolved.