Delhi court adjourns hearing on criminal defamation complaint against Tharoor for March 6

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday adjourned for March 6 the hearing on a criminal defamation complaint against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor over his alleged remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On October 28 last year, Tharoor quoted an unnamed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) source and launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comparing him with a scorpion sitting on a ‘Shivling’.

The complaint against Tharoor was filed by Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajeev Babbar last year in Delhi’s Patiala House Court.

He had said that Tharoor’s comment hurt his religious sentiments.

Babbar, in his complaint, stated, “I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. However, the accused (Tharoor) completely disregarded the sentiments of crores of Shiva’s devotees, both in India and outside the country.”

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

Last year on October 28, speaking at the launch event of his book ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’ at the Bengaluru Literature Festival, Tharoor said: “There’s an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, who expressed their frustration to curb Modi — ‘Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling. You can’t remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a ‘chappal’ (slipper) either.”

“If you try to touch the scorpion, you will be stung, but if you hit a Shivling with the chappal, it undermines all the sacred tenets of the faith. That may well be an interesting clue to the rather complex dynamics that exist between the Hindutva movement and the Moditva expression on it,” he added.