Lalit Modi, the former chief of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has announced that he will sue Rahul Gandhi, the former chief of the Congress party, in a UK court over his remarks that linked him to corruption and money laundering. Mr Modi, who has been living in London since 2010 after facing allegations of financial irregularities in the IPL, took to Twitter on Thursday to lash out at Mr Gandhi, saying he "looked forward to seeing him make a complete fool of himself".
Mr Modi's decision to take legal action against Mr Gandhi comes days after the latter was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison by a Surat court for in a defamation case for comments seen as an insult to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those who share his surname during an election rally in 2019. "How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?" Mr Gandhi had said, clubbing PM Modi with Lalit Modi and fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi. The conviction resulted in his disqualification as a member of parliament.
Mr Modi questioned Mr Gandhi's basis for calling him a "fugitive of justice" and said that he has never been convicted of any crime. He also claimed that he has created "the greatest sporting event in this world" that has generated close to 100 billion dollars and that his family has done more for India than the Mr Gandhi family. He challenged Mr Gandhi to prove for his allegations and said that he looks forward to seeing him make a complete fool of himself in court.
i see just about every Tom dick and gandhi associates again and again saying i ama fugitive of justice. why ?How?and when was i to date ever convicted of same. unlike #Papu aka @RahulGandhi now an ordinary citizen saying it and it seems one and all oposition leaders have nothing…— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) March 30, 2023
addresses and photos etc. lets not fool the people of india who are the real crooks. #Gandhifamily who have made it as if they the entitled ones to rule our country. yes i will return as soon as u pass stringent liable laws. 🙏 jai-hind— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) March 30, 2023
not even a penny to date has been proven i took in last 15 years. but what is clearly proven i created the greatest #sporting event in this world that has generated close to 100 billion dollars. let not 1 one #congress leader forget that from early 1950's the #modi-family has…— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) March 30, 2023
Mr Modi also accused several Congress leaders of having overseas assets and said that he can provide addresses and photos of their properties. He said that he will return to India as soon as the country passes stringent libel laws.
Mr Gandhi has not responded to Mr Modi's tweets or his legal threat so far. His party has maintained that his conviction was politically motivated and that he will appeal against it in a higher court. Mr Gandhi has been vocal about his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over various issues, especially crony capitalism.