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Sushil Modi threatens to sue Rahul Gandhi for defamation over

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Minister Sushil Kumar on Tuesday threatened to file a defamation case against over his comment that all thieves shared the surname.

Sushil Modi's strong reaction came in the backdrop of Gandhis jibe at Narendra that all thieves had the same surname.

I was deeply hurt by statement wherein he remarked that all those who are chor (thieves) shared the Modi surname. Besides insulting the Prime Minister, he has hurt me personally as I share the same surname. Hence, I would be suing him for defamation, the senior told reporters here.

Gandhi, who has rankled the BJP with his chowkidar chor hai jibe over alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal, has also been accusing the of colluding with Nirav Modi and both wanted in different corruption cases and currently on the run.

In an attempt to pepper his attacks with sarcasm, he has of late been saying why is it that all the thieves have the same surname Modi.

Meanwhile, whose party is an ally of the in reacted to the ministers defamation threat saying I openly say Sushil Kumar Modi is a thief. Let him sue me for defamation as well.

I have for long been saying that is directly involved in the Srijan scam. If he is so upset over an indirect remark by Rahul Gandhi, let me add upfront

is a thief. Now let him sue me for defamation, the RJD heir apparent whom the has succeeded as deputy cm, said.

Currently being investigated by the CBI, the Srijan scam pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of thousands of crores from the treasury and illegal transfer of the money into accounts of an NGO based in with branches in several other districts.

A distant relative of the deputy cm, Rekha Modi, is said to be allegedly involved in the scam though Modi who holds the portfolio insists that he maintains no family ties with her.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 16:40 IST