New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday sent a legal notice to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking apology for his remark in which he called the former an “accused in a murder case”. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Distances Congress From Coronavirus in Maharashtra, Says 'We're Not Key Decision-Makers There'
Prasad made the remark after Tharoor quoted an unnamed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) source calling Modi “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling who cannot be removed with hand or by hitting with a chappal”. Also Read - Congress to Hold Online Campaign on May 28 to Highlight People's Distress Due to COVID-19 Crisis
Accusing the Union minister of intentionally harming his reputation, Tharoor demanded an unconditional apology from Prasad within 48 hours. The Congress MP also asked Prasad to get the clip of his press conference deleted, where the latter could be seen making the alleged defamatory remark against him. Also Read - 'Talash Gumshuda Jan Sevak Ki', Missing Posters of Jyotiraditya Scindia Emerge in Gwalior; Congress Man Held
Shashi Tharoor further said that the country’s Law minister “inventing” a murder case “against a political opponent” leaves no “hope for justice and democracy”.
Earlier on Sunday, BJP lashed out at Rahul Gandhi, following the “scorpion on Shivling” remark against PM Modi. Demanding an apology from the Congress president over Tharoor’s remark, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Rahul Gandhi you claim yourself be to a Shiv Bhakt please reply to this very horrific denunciation of Lord Mahadev by giving apology to what Tharoor has done.” He added, “While Rahul Gandhi who claims himself to be a Shiv bhakt, one of his small leaders has almost abused the sanctity of Shiv Linga and Lord Mahadev by referring to chappal attack through named sources.”
Prasad’s remark of “murder accused” was in reference to Tharoor being named as the prime accused in the murder case of latter’s wife Sunanda Pushkar. The Congress leader has been charged under sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Pushkar, who married Congress MP Tharoor in 2010, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a room at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Police have accused Tharoor of abetment to suicide. The trial court however granted Tharoor bail in the case.