The Union minister had claimed the “malicious” charge was made at the Gandhi family’s behest due to her vocal stand in the National Herald case and vowed to fight back.
On behalf of Smriti Irani, her lawyer has sent a legal notice to the Congress, and its leaders Jairam Ramesh and Pawan Khera.
The letter sent to ministers by the lawyer read, “The Allegations made by the Addressees against Our Client contain ex-facie false, baseless and unsubstantiated information which is being published and disseminated publicly, without any verification by you, the Addressees and yet, being accessed by members of the public at large, all around the world. This is a part of a larger conspiracy to garner political mileage by sensationalizing falsities, misrepresentations and false narratives; and obviously is with a motive to injure the reputation, goodwill, social and political standing as also the character of Our Client. ”
“Our Client is distressed that these allegations have been made with the knowledge of their falsity, or at least in careless disregard of the truth,” the letter read further.
“The false allegations were intended to hurt the reputation of Our Client as a minister and a person in public life, and also to outrage her modesty and that of her daughter. These are serious offences under the Indian Penal Code and also a tort making the Addressees liable to penal damages.”
Addressing a press conference, Irani said the allegations had been made “at the direction of the Congress leadership, namely the Gandhi family”.
“Because I had the audacity to hold a press conference and question Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on the Rs 5,000 crore loot of the Indian treasury,” she said.
The minister accused Congress of “publicly mutilating” her daughter’s character with its allegations.