Defamation case against Tharoor

Defamation case against Tharoor

A criminal defamation complaint has been filed against the Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor, before a court in New Delhi for his alleged 'scorpion' remark against the Prime Minister.

In his complaint, the Delhi BJP leader, Rajeev Babbar said his religious sentiments had been hurt by these remarks.

'I am a devotee of Lord Shiva... However, the accused (Tharoor) completely disregarded the sentiments of crores of Shiva's devotees, when he made the statement which hurt the sentiments of all the Lord Shiva devotees, both in India and outside the country,' he said.

'The complainant's religious sentiments were hurt and accused deliberately did this malicious act, intending to outrage religious feeling of Lord Shiva's devotees by insulting their religious beliefs.'

The complaint, filed through advocate Neeraj, termed the statement as an 'intolerable abuse' and 'absolute vilification' of the faith of millions of people.

The complaint was filed under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code relating to defamation. Tharoor had stoked a fresh controversy while speaking at Bangalore Literature Festival, claiming that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Modi to 'a scorpion sitting on a Shivling'.