Weeks after sending notice, Shashi Tharoor files defamation case against Ravi Shankar Prasad


Weeks after threatening with legal action, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday filed a defamation case against Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for calling him a murder accused.

Justifying his action, the Congress MP said that he filed the defamation case against Prasad after the latter refused to withdraw his comments. Tharoor was quoted by news agency ANI, “He accused me of being involved in a murder case. So I sent him a legal notice to withdraw his comments but he took a defiant stand. I tried to bite my tongue but there comes a time when the straw breaks camel’s back.”

In October Tharoor had sent a legal notice to Prasad after the latter called him a murder accused during a press conference. Reacting Tharoor’s statement, calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a scorpion on Shivling, Prasad had addressed the Congress MP from Kerala as ‘Shashi Tharoor who is accused in a murder case has attempted to disrespect Lord Shiva.’

“Legal notice to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice, for false and defamatory statements made against Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP on October 28, 2018,” Tharoor had written on Facebook.

Speaking at an event in Bengaluru, Tharoor had said, “The personality cult has not sat very well with many in the RSS establishment. There is an extraordinary striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to journalist Vinod Jose of Caravan (news magazine)in which they express their frustration with their inability to curb Mr Modi. The (RSS) man says, ‘Mr Modi is like scorpion sitting on a shivling. You can’t remove it from your hand and you cannot hit it with chappals.’ And if you think about it, that’s a very very profound understanding of the relationship.”