Shashi Tharoor claims Kerala High Court judgement, which is available on official website, is ‘fake’

Shashi Tharoor has been marketing his book ‘Why I am Hindu’ very actively on social media. He is quite vocal about his interpretation of his version of Hinduism and argues why RSS and his political counterparts are not true representatives of Hinduism.

However, a controversial line in a court judgement has raised questions on his claim of being a ‘Hindu’. In the judgment [pdf] delivered by High Court of Kerala in Ernakulam on 27th May 2015, the judge writes (emphasis added) :

1 st respondent (Shashi Tharoor) denies all the allegations in the petition. He asserts that he has made true and correct disclosure of all the assets which belongs to him as on the relevant date and the allegations to the contrary are untrue. He disowns any assets having been inherited by him consequent on the death of his wife. He also would point out that as on the date of filing of nomination, he had no spouse and therefore the question of disclosure at that point of time did not arise. He disputes that he and his wife late Sunanda Pushkar are Hindus.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

The snapshot of the controversial line and link to the judgement were shared on Twitter by Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy (who shared it in November last year) and columnist Anand Ranganathan (who shared it earlier today):

However Shashi Tharoor retaliated by threatening columnist Anand Ranganathan, who is also a scientist, with a court case. He said that it was a ‘complete lie’ and threatened the Anand with a court case if he did not withdraw the ‘fake document’.

Shashi Tharoor’s tweet threatening Anand Ranganathan

But Anand Ranganathan stumped Tharoor by citing the original link to the court order that is uploaded on the website of the Kerala High Court. He also demanded an apology from Shashi Tharoor.

Meanwhile, Ananth Krishna Subhalakshmy, a law student has also pointed out that the an argument submitted to a constitutional court place on record cannot be disputed.

He further added that all submissions made by the advocate have to be made with the knowledge for the client and the affidavit Tharoor submitted has to have been attested by him. Therefore, legally Tharoor has assented to the submission. Ananth added that this was a case where Tharoor’s election as MP could have been struck down for misrepresentation on his affidavit.

It is also important to note that Arvind Kejriwal could not dissociate himself from arguments made by Ram Jethmalani in a defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley.

It remains to be seen whether Shashi Tharoor will clarify about his religion and his arguments in public domain. Does he really believe that someone has uploaded a ‘fake document’ on a High Court website, or is he accusing judges of attributing to him arguments he never made?

Tharoor had not clarified by the time this report was published.

UPDATE: Shashi Tharoor has conceded that the document or the High Court judgment was indeed not ‘fake’ (though he didn’t apologise to Anand Ranganathan for falsely accusing him of producing ‘fake document’). He claimed that there must have been a ‘typographical error’ in the court order or the judge put that line by “accidental slip”.


Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

Pakistanis get scared about attack by India after seeing their own Air Force fighter jets flying over civilian areas

Several people posted on social media that India has dropped bombs over Sialkot in Pakistan
Locals even pelted stones at injured jawans

Pulwama attack: Women, children in Kashmir ferried expensive military grade RDX in small quantities for months

The trigger for the explosive was manufactured locally and that ammonium nitrate was used as an oxidizer in the RDX explosive. The military grade RDX was obtained from Pakistan and the device was assembled around 10 km from the blast site.
Image Source: Twitter

Fearing India’s retaliation, Pakistan cancels leaves of its troops, uses flares to light up night sky to see movement of Indian troops

Pakistani administration has asked people to stay in underground bunkers, which could protect them from shelling or any form of attacks which could come from the other side of the border.

Waters of 3 rivers flowing into Pakistan will be diverted to Yamuna as per Indus Water Treaty: Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari had said that dams and other developmental projects are being conceptualised on the 3 rivers will choke Pakistan’s water supply

Congress workers used to do booth capturing for me and my father when there was no EVM : Congress leader Kirti Azad

Kirti Azad was suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2015 after he accused senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley of Corruption.

After Ajaz Ashraf of Caravan reduced martyrs to their caste, he shouldn’t play victim when he is reduced to his religion

In his report, Ajaz Ashraf says quite clearly that he called the martyrs of the family to in their moment of unimaginable tragedy to inquire about their caste.
Image Source: The Week

Mandya: Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj attends funeral of Pulwama martyr, villagers expose his hypocrisy towards Armed Forces

Prakash Raj, a left wing ideologue, who is often known for joining hands with the left-liberals to express their hate towards Hindus and the BJP, has plans to contest in the upcoming elections from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency.
After expressing excitement over Parliament attack, Rajdeep Sardesai says “World Cup without Pakistan in England is unthinkable" on the basis of 'one terror attack’

After expressing excitement over Parliament attack, Rajdeep Sardesai says ‘World Cup without Pakistan in England is unthinkable’ on the basis of ‘one terror attack’

Rajdeep Sardesai, who often fantasise Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has also expressed his disappointment over the removal of Imran Khan's portrait from the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai.
How Ravish Kumar and Vinod Dua misled people about ‘martyr status’ to CRPF jawans after Pulwama attack

How Ravish Kumar and Vinod Dua misled people about ‘martyr status’ to CRPF jawans

Ravish Kumar of NDTV is a man known for many lows. But this may well be his lowest point.

Gurmehar Kaur mouths off platitudes on Pulwama attack, says Incidents like this create political polarisation against minorities

Kaur, a self-proclaimed peace activist, speaking on the Pulwama terrorist attck express concerns over the political aftermath, not the religious hatred that was behind the attack.

Latest articles

Connect with us

138,383FansLike
111,316FollowersFollow
23,491SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these