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Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s son files defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s son Kartikey Chouhan filed a criminal defamation suit against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in a Bhopal court on Tuesday for dragging his name in the Panama Papers controversy.

The Panama Papers refer to 11.5 million leaked documents published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in 2016 with details of offshore entities set up by a Panama-bassed law firm. The list included a number of Indian entities and many of them are facing investigations.

Kartikey has alleged that the Congress leader intentionally made the false allegations to defame his family.


Earlier in the day, Gandhi had clarified that he linked Chouhan’s name with the Panama Papers in “confusion”.

“For campaigning I am touring Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan these days. The ruling BJP has indulged in so many scams and corruption that yesterday I got confused,” Gandhi said while interacting with some mediapersons in Indore.

“In Panama Paper leak case, Madhya Pradesh chief minister has no role. But he is involved in other scams like Vyapam and e-tendering,” he added.

On Monday, while addressing a rally in poll-bound MP’s Jhabua, Gandhi had said, “Name of the son of CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan surfaced in the Panama Papers, but no action was taken. Even a country like Pakistan punished its former PM when he was named in the Panama Papers.”

The Congress leader had further alleged that the Madhya Pradesh government was pursuing a “dharma of corruption”.

Addressing a rally, Gandhi had also alleged that the Chouhan government was involved in the Vyapam scam and also accused it of financial irregularities while organising Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain in 2016.