A bailable warrant has been issued against Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor in a defamation case over the ‘scorpion on a Shivling’ remark he had made against PM Modi last year. As per reports, the warrant has been issued by Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court after Shashi Tharoor failed to appear.
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As per reports, the warrant was issued by the district court yesterday after neither Tharoor nor his counsel appeared before the court on the scheduled date. No exemption application has also been reportedly moved from Tharoor’s side.
The court has issued a bailable warrant for the sum of Rs 5000 and has also passed a notice for surety for the next hearing date of 27th November. The complainant, a BJP leader named Rajeev Babbar has also been fined Rs 500 by the court for failing to appear.
As per reports, the case against Tharoor was filed by BJP leader Rajeev Babbar after Tharoor’s controversial remark last year. Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court had on August 7 this year reserved its order.
A number of cases were filed against Tharoor after he made the remarks against PM Modi. Speaking at an event in Bengaluru on October 28 last year, Tharoor had quoted an unnamed ‘source’ in the RSS and had stated that PM Modi is like a scorpion that is sitting on a Shivling, it can neither be hit with a chappal nor can be removed with hand.
Cases were lodged by many BJP leaders against Tharoor in Delhi. In June this year, Tharoor was granted bail by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 after he appeared before the court and moved bail application.