Shashi Tharoor Clarifies on Memon’s Death Tweet

Tharoor said it was the Supreme Court’s discretion to decide on the merits and demerits of the Memon case, and not his.

Published: 03rd August 2015 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2015 04:14 AM   |  A+A-


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Shashi Tharoor MP on Sunday clarified that his tweet on death penalty was not about the Yakub Memon case in particular, at a function held at Government Central High School, Attakkulangara.

He said it was the Supreme Court’s discretion to decide on the merits and demerits of the Memon case, and not his. He reiterated that death penalty is a primitive practice which the state and the society should not support. He said that there were 25 politicians including CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja MP, DMK’s Kanimozhi MP, BJP’s Varun Gandhi MP and Shatrughan Sinha MP who were of the same view. He said that terrorists should serve life-term imprisonment and not be killed.

On the day Memon was hanged, Tharoor had tweeted that he was “saddened by news that our government has hanged a human being. State-sponsored killing diminishes us all by reducing us to murderers too.”

Tharoor also responded to accusations about leaking contents of a closed door party meeting, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly rapping his knuckes after. He said that there would be many contracts, exchanges and conversations that happen inside an institution - be it a family, a school, or a party.

He said that if people with vested interests blow up a small part of the whole picture and leaks it to the world outside, it is improper. When asked if he was accepting that he leaked it, he said he would neither deny nor confirm it, as he does not think it is legitimate to discuss such issues.


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