New Delhi: On Friday, November 16, a Delhi Metropolitan Court took notice of the criminal defamation complaint filed against Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor, for his alleged defamatory remarks against the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The remark was on lines of comparing the PM to a scorpion.
The matter was heard before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for recording of statement by the complainant on December 22.
The controversy arose when Tharoor brought up an incident from the past. On Sunday, October 28, during his speech at the Bengaluru Literature Festival, Tharoor mentioned that an anonymous RSS leader had once compared PM Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling.”
The complaint was filed by Delhi BP leader, Rajeev Babbar, who claimed that the statement and remarks were made by Tharoor, gravely hampered the goodwill of the Hindu deity. Furthermore, he submitted that the accused not only maligned their leader but also disrespected their religious beliefs. Moreover, the complainant has accused Tharoor for deliberately making libellous statements to constitute to defamation.
The Advocate on record for the complainant, Advocate Neeraj submitted that Tharoor’s statements were “intolerable abuse” and “absolute vilification” of the faith of the people. The complainant considered the statements made by Tharoor as a personal and defamatory attack against their leader and also those working and in support of the PM and BJP.
The Congress MP has been charged for defamation under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC. In case if he is convicted, Tharoor will be liable to serve imprisonment for a maximum period of two years.