Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday slapped a legal notice against Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, for calling him an ‘accused’ in a murder case. Tharoor also sought an "unconditional apology" from the Union minister within 48 hours, failing which he would take legal action.
The legal notice was followed by Prasad's statement, 'Shashi Tharoor who is accused in a murder case has attempted to disrespect Lord Shiva'. The Union minister had made the statement during a press conference last week.
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Tharoor took to Twitter and said, “My legal notice to Ravi Shankar Prasad 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?” he added.
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
The notice says, "On October 28, 2018 at around 5.38 am 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."
The remarks by Prasad came after the Congress leader had quoted an unnamed RSS source as saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like a “scorpion sitting on a Shivling who cannot be removed by hand or hit with a chappal (slipper)”.
The Union minister made the statement in relation to the police investigation into the death of Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.