“Some people do need tutorials”: Shashi Tharoor, Meenakshi Lekhi in social media spat over grilling of Twitter executive for Kunal Kamra’s tweets


Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has questioned the authority of a parliamentary committee headed by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi to grill a Twitter executive over a series of tweets targeting the Indian judiciary and Chief Justice of India by comedian Kunal Kamra. Tharoor said that ‘Some people do need tutorials on the mandate of special committees formed to discuss specific bills.’

Tharoor wrote, “Dear @M_Lekhi, as far as I am aware your Committee was formed for consultations on the Data Protection Bill & its mandate is to report on the statutory provisions continued in the draft Bill. Could you clarify if you have taken on additional responsibilities & on whose authority?”

His subsequent tweet read, “Seems some people do need “tutorials” on the mandate of special committees formed to discuss specific bills. This JtCmt is to discuss the provisions of a draft data protection bill&report thereon. Parliament has not been informed of an expansion of its mandate beyond this task.”

Tharoor’s party colleague, Jairam Ramesh, tweeted, “I could not attend the meeting today, but had I been there I would have raised this very issue @ShashiTharoor. It is not the first time this has happened.”

Lekhi replied, “Travesty that I have to respond to people who are busy exhibiting their lack of understanding. I refuse to run law tutorials specifically when Sr Advocate from Congress Party Mr Vivek Tankha was present in the committee & has already concurred with me.”

After grilling Twitter for Kamra’s tweets, Lekhi had told reporters that she had sought a response from the microblogging site within seven days on the action taken by the social media giant.


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