New Delhi: Terming the criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Rajeev Babbar against him as ‘frivolous’, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that it was an attempt to ‘throttle my freedom of expression‘. “The charges are frivolous. As far as I am concerned, if we start stifling the right of people to quote published material then where does our democracy head? Where is the freedom of expression?,” asked the Thiruvananthpuram MP.Also Read - Himachal Pradesh Schools To Remain Close Between These Dates. Details Here

He said that he was surprised to hear about the defamation case. “I hope the judge will throw it out on the grounds that this is the actual fact. But if not then certainly we have to defend it,” Tharoor asserted, while talking to reporters today. (Also Read: Shashi Tharoor Would’ve Been Silenced by Now if it Was Pakistan: Giriraj Singh Over Scorpion Remark) Also Read - Breaking News LIVE: Punjab Bans Manufacturing, Sale of Firecrackers Ahead of Diwali

Reiterating that he had quoted an article published in a magazine in 2012 in which a comment of an unnamed RSS leader had been mentioned, Tharoor said,”Why has this defamation suit been filed against me now? In my book, I as a writer had quoted 5,000 other examples and stories.” Also Read - Is Assam Govt Imposing Lockdown Again? CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Clears Air, Makes THIS Statement

Earlier in the day, a criminal defamation complaint was moved in Patiala House Court against Tharoor for his statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He had made the remark while addressing an event in Bengaluru in October. The court had adjourned the hearing in connection with the matter to November 16.

“There’s an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, that, ‘Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling, you can’t remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a chappal either’,” Tharoor had said while addressing an audience at Bengaluru Literature Festival.