Around a month back Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had sent a legal notice to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking an "unconditional apology" for calling him a "murder accused" and now Tharoor has approached a Court in Thiruvananthapuram and filed a criminal defamation complaint against Prasad for the same.
It is to be noted that Prasad passed remarks about Tharoor in connection with his wife, Sunanda Pushkar’s death.
The controversy has its genesis in an event where Tharoor passed a remark comparing Prime Minister Modi to a Scorpio, stating that “scorpion sitting on a Shivling who cannot be removed by hand or hit with a chappal (slipper)”.
Countering the above mentioned remark, Prasad posted a video of a press conference on Twitter, with a caption, “Shashi Tharoor who is accused in a murder case has attempted to disrespect Lord Shiva," and sought apologies from Rahul Gandhi stating the remark and a "horrific denunciation of Hindu gods by a Congress MP."
Tharoor in his defamation suit has accused Prasad of deliberately hurting and obliterating his reputation.
Earlier, Tharoor's legal notice regarding an unconditional apology also asked Prasad to delete the video clip related to his press conference where he captioned the derogatory remarks against him.
It was also clarified in his legal notice that Prasad had passed such derogatory remarks with some oblique motives as even the police charge sheet does not accuse him as a murderer of his wife Sunanda.
Nonetheless, Prasad has already refused to apologise in the matter and elucidated that neither he would apologize nor he would delete his tweet.
In the issue pertaining to the death of Sunanda Pushkar, the police in its charge sheet, filed under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code has arrayed Shashi Tharoor as an accused alleging that he had subjected his wife to cruelty.