Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday sent a legal notice to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad via his lawyers for calling him ‘accused in a murder case’. Prasad, on October 29 had said, “Shashi Tharoor who is accused in a murder case has attempted to disrespect Lord Shiva” in a press conference.
"My legal notice to @rsprasad about his false, malicious & defamatory statements against me, which he has still not retracted. When India’s Law Minister falsely invents a murder case against a political opponent, what hope for justice & democracy?," Tharoor said in a tweet.
My legal notice to @rsprasad about his false, malicious & defamatory statements against me, which he has still not retracted. When India’s Law Minister falsely invents a murder case against a political opponent, what hope for justice & democracy? https://t.co/yB3CDWvcrG— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 31, 2018
"On October 28, 2018 at around 5.38am you had posted a 2 minutes 16 seconds video clip of your press conference along with certain false untrue malicious and highly defamatory statements in Twitter," reads the legal notice sent by Tharoor’s lawyers to Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The legal notice clearly states that in the ongoing case against Shashi Tharoor in connection to the death of Sunanda Pushkar, the prosecution against him is not of murder and the court is yet to hand out any charges against him.
Tharoor has sought an apology from Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad within 48 hours for his remarks which Tharoor called defamatory and false.
"Even the police chargesheet against Shashi Tharoor does not contain any allegations of murder," it said, adding, "your purposeful comment that Shashi Tharoor is charge sheeted in a serious allegation of murder, seems to have same oblique motives behind it as the said comments have come from a person who is none other than the Union minister of law and justice."
"At any rate the intention and purpose behind the false and baseless imputations against Shashi Tharoor is clearly to harm, tarnish and malign his reputation and to destroy his impeccable image that he enjoys among the public," the notice reads.
The legal notice accused the union minister of committing the offence of defamation and asked him to give a written apology in 48 hours while deleting the video.
Here is the legal notice sent by Shashi Tharoor to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad:
Here is the video and tweet for which the legal notice has been sent to Ravi Shankar Prasad:
Shashi Tharoor who is accused in a murder case has attempted to disrespect Lord Shiva.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 28, 2018
I seek a reply from Rahul Gandhi who claims himself to be a Bhakt of Lord Shiva on this horrific denunciation of Hindu gods by a Congress MP.
Rahul Gandhi must apologize to all Hindus. pic.twitter.com/QeShJoCHDZ