New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s son Kartikey Chouhan on Tuesday filed a defamation case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi after he named him ( Kartikey Chouhan ) in Panama Papers scandal. “Name of the son of CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan surfaced in the Panama papers, but no action was taken. Even a country like Pakistan punished its former PM when he was named in the Panama papers,” the Congress chief had said yesterday, while addressing a rally in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.
“Kartikey Chouhan has filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi over his statement ‘MP CM’s son’s name was mentioned in Panama Papers leaks,’during a political rally yesterday. This is a objectionable statement given with a criminal intention,” Kartikey Chouhan’s lawyer S Srivastava told reporters.
Earlier in the day, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had threatened to file a criminal defamation suit against Gandhi for dragging his son’s name in the scandal. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the MP CM said,”You have been making patently false allegations of Vyapam to Panama Papers against me and my family. Tomorrow, I am filing a criminal defamation suit for maximum damages against you for frivolous and malafide statements. Let law take its own course now.”
“For the past many years, Congress has been accusing me and my family. We respect everybody and maintain our dignity but, today Rahul Gandhi crossed his limits when he said my son Yuva Kartikey’s name has come in Panama papers. We are going to file a defamation suit against him tomorrow,” Chouhan added.
After his tweet, the Congress chief took a u-turn and said that the BJP’s corruption list is so long that he got confused. “BJP mein itna bhrashtachaar hai ki main kal confuse ho gaya tha. Madhya Pradesh ke CM ne Panama nahi kiya unhone to e-tendering aur vyapam scam kiye hain (There is so much corruption in BJP that I got confused. The Madhya Pradesh CM has not done Panama but he has done e-tendering and Vyapam scams), the Congress chief clarified.