Patna: Bihar minister Ashok Chaudhary filed a defamation case against Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday in a local court, claiming that he had recently ‘edited/manipulated’ a video from his social media account The minister had said that the minister used profanity while talking about the opposition party. Chaudhary, Minister of Building Construction in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet, while answering questions from journalists about an open letter issued by RJD leader Tejashwi on social media on the occasion of 73rd birthday of his father Lalu Prasad. A legal notice was sent on 15 June last regarding his defamation on the comment made while sharing a video of the minister.
Ashok Chaudhary had said that I have sent a legal notice in response to the action taken by the Leader of Opposition to tarnish the society and my image. Chaudhary, who had earlier served as a minister in the cabinet of Rabri Devi, wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad from the Congress quota, said that the leader of the opposition should either apologize to the public or we will be forced to take a legal stand. RJD chief Lalu Prasad, convicted in the fodder scam case and currently in a hospital in Ranchi, through his open letter, appealed to the people of the state to be mobilized in support of his party ahead of the impending Bihar assembly elections.
Nitish’s minister had said, ‘In his long letter, he (Lalu) has said that he will continue his fight for Dalits and the exploited but he should tell people what he really did for them when he had power. Was. A video clip was shared from Tejashwi’s social media account in which Chaudhary is allegedly seen using a slur, although Chaudhary has described it as edited/manipulated.
In his petition filed under section 499 and 500 of IPC against the Leader of the Opposition in Patna’s Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court, Chaudhary has told the court that ‘in the light of the above facts and circumstances’ on Tejaswi for ‘derogatory and unparliamentary statements’ They should be prosecuted and punished and ‘punitive damages’ should be imposed as per law.