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Business News/ Elections / Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Shashi Tharoor booked for ‘false campaign’ against rival Rajeev Chandrasekhar
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Shashi Tharoor booked for ‘false campaign’ against rival Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Kerala police book Shashi Tharoor for false campaign against rival Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Lok Sabha elections 2024. Case filed on 15th April after BJP leader's complaint. Tharoor also faces defamation notice from MoS for alleged false accusations.

D K Shivakumar addresses the public rally in support of Congress candidate for Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency Shashi Tharoor ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, in Thiruvananthapuram (ANI)Premium
D K Shivakumar addresses the public rally in support of Congress candidate for Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency Shashi Tharoor ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, in Thiruvananthapuram (ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor has been booked for allegedly carrying out a false campaign against Union Minister of State and rival candidate Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Kerala police said on Sunday.

The case against Tharoor was registered on 15 April on the complaint by BJP leader J R Padmakumar.

According to news agency PTI's report, Padmakumar accused Tharoor of carrying out a false campaign against Chandrasekhar during a TV programme with regard to influencing voters of Kerala in the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

Congress MP has been booked under Sections 171-G (raising false statement in connection with an election) and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 65 of IT Act, a cyber police official told PTI adding that an investigation is going on in the matter.

Tharoor is yet to react to the case registered against him. 

Also read: 'Shashi Tharoor, in desperation...': Rajeev Chandrasekhar on defamation notice to Congress MP

Tharoor was also served a defamation notice by the MoS for the same TV programme on April 10.

In one of the allegations, Tharoor allegedly said that MoS IT is paying money for votes.

Chandrasekhar had sought "immediately withdraw" all the allegations made against him and for Tharoor to tender an "unconditional public apology".

Also read: Shashi Tharoor says BJP 'strong player' in Thiruvananthapuram, but Rajeev Chandrasekhar faces 'perception battle'

Tharoor had denied making false allegations against Chandrasekhar and had demanded withdrawal of statements and apology. Tharoor had also warned of legal action if his demands get ignored.

Tharoor's lawyer had stated that, "he is not responsible" for "any other versions of the same program" or any editing, post-production changes, studio recordings of casual talks, chats, or any other acts that are not intended for broadcasting.

Also read: ‘If Chandrasekhar ignores the demand…’: Shashi Tharoor warns BJP leader after legal notice on defamation

Rajeev Chandrashekhar has been pitted against three-time Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor.

Kerala, which sends 20 parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha will go to polls on April 26. The counting of votes will take place on June 4.

 

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Published: 21 Apr 2024, 08:15 PM IST
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