The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Thiruvananathapuram has summoned the Union Law Minister Ravi Shakar Prasad on a defamation plea filed by senior Congress leader and MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor. Ravi Shakar Prasad has been asked to appear before the court on May 2.
Earlier, Shashi Tharoor had sent a notice to Ravi Shakar Prasad seeking an unconditional apology which Prasad had rejected asking Tharoor to apologize for calling Prime Minister “a scorpion sitting on shiv linga”. Later Shashi Tharoor had slapped a defamation notice on RS Prasad for calling him a ‘murder accused’ referring to the Sunanda Pushkar murder case.
In a Press conference in October 2018, Ravi Shankar Prasad had made a statement during a press conference saying, “Shashi Tharoor who is accused of murder has no right to comment against Prime Minister.”
Tharoor said on Friday, “There is no murder. Delhi police have filed an FIR which is for suicide and not for murder. That FIR is being heard by a court and no court has framed charges yet. The cheapening of discourse in our politics in the last few years is truly unacceptable.”
Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead on 17 January 2014 in a luxury hotel in New Delhi. Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor has been charged under Sections 498-A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC but has evaded arrested in the case so far.