Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today expressed his disappointment at a section of the Indian media saying “every quote attributed to him in the media was an inaccurate paraphrase”. Tharoor was referring to the reportage on the murder case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. Reuters

“Weak libel laws make it easy for Indian media to defame. My lawyers have advised me not to speak to the media,” Tharoor said at the Kolkata LitFest where he launched his latest book India Shashtra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time.

Expressing his dismay at the way certain news channels were targeting him, while covering the death of his wife, Tharoor said: “I am being defamed day after day by this particularly obnoxious news channel.”

Tharoor, however, said he was pleased with Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s praise for him. “When PM sent that tweet (for completing the Swachh Bharat challenge), I was taken aback, that was a very gracious thing to do,” Tharoor said.

On Wednesday, Tharoor was mobbed by television reporters after he refused to answer any question related to the murder case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Tharoor who was in Kolkata to attend the inauguration of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) maintained silence as television journalists repeatedly questioned him on the issue.

Soon after, he was mobbed and pushed by the crowd of reporters and camerapersons as security personnel struggled hard to escort him safely to the exit gate.

With PTI inputs

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I have been defamed day after day: Shashi Tharoor takes on media