Apologise to Sushma Swaraj or we will file defamation case: Nitin Gadkari tells Rahul Gandhi

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari threatened to file a criminal defamation case against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday unless he apologised for his comments on External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

 Apologise to Sushma Swaraj or we will file defamation case: Nitin Gadkari tells Rahul Gandhi

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. PTI

"This is a very insensitive and insulting comment against a foreign minister" Gadkari told reporters, adding that Sushma Swaraj had done nothing wrong, indulged in no form of corruption and all charges against her are baseless.

"Rahul Gandhi must apologise for his allegations against Sushma Swaraj or else unfortunately we will have to file a criminal defamation case,” he added.

On Thursday, the Congress Vice President stepping up his attack against Sushma Swaraj over the Lalit Modi controversy, had called her a 'criminal'.

"The whole country knows that what the External Affairs Minister has done is a criminal act. When you do a criminal act, you go to jail," he told reporters during his padayatra in Andhra Pradesh.

His comments came as the Parliament's Monsoon Session witnessed a three day washout with the Congress-led Opposition demanding Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje's resignation.

With agency inputs

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2015 15:22:08 IST