New Delhi | Condemning Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for accusing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of committing a criminal act, senior BJP leader and Transport Minister Nitin Gadakri today asked him to either apologise to Ms Swaraj, or get ready for a criminal defamation suit against him.
Rahul Gandhi used the word criminal against Sushma Swaraj. She has not violated any law. She is the ambassador of the country. Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the country, and if he does not, we may file a criminal defamation case against him, an angry Mr Gadkari told mediapersons.
Mr Gandhi had yesterday compared Ms Swaraj to a criminal, who should go to jail for helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi who according to him was a fugitive wanted by Indian agencies, something Modi has challenged Congress party leader to prove in his tweets earlier.
Mr Modi, who has not returned from London citing threats to his life from his rivals in IPL, had sought Ms Swaraj’s help to get travel papers from British foreign office to see his ailing life in Portugal last year.
British foreign office had queried the minister if granting papers would impact relation between two countries, before handing over him travel documents.
She is minister of the government who has done a criminal act. When you do a criminal act you go to jail.
Sushma ji ne ek criminal act kiya hai, bhagode ki help ki hai (Susham ji has done a criminal act, she has helped a fugitive), Mr Gandhi said, stressing on word criminal repeatedly.
Mr Gandkari is among BJP leaders who have in the past gone after the adversaries making defamatory remarks. He has also sued Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for criminal defamation for including his name in the list of India’s most corrupt.
Mr Gandhi is already facing a criminal defamation case in a Bhiwandi court in Thane for allegedly blaming Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS), during election campaign last year, for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Not known for a choice of word while attacking opponents, both Mr Gandhi and Mr Kejriwal have petitioned in the Supreme Court to quash Sections 499 and 500 of IPC which provide for punishment in criminal defamation.
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