Press release by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon'ble MoS-HRD in response to Shri.C.Divakaran's remarks on Mrs. Tharoor's reported tweets
February  20,  2014

We are intrigued by Mr C. Divakaran's statement yesterday in which he has offered to reproduce Mrs Sunanda Tharoor's alleged tweet announcing her husband's responsibility in the IPL controversy. We would be very interested to see such a tweet, since her tweets are a matter of public record and no such tweet exists. Her only tweets on the subject say exactly the opposite of what Mr Divakaran claims.

 

The facts are clear: Mrs. Tharoor had clearly denied the statement wrongly attributed to her in the media (and now by Mr Divakaran). A day before her tragic demise, she had clarified her position in two tweets on Twitter on Jan 16 as follows: 

 

SunandaPTharoor (@sptvrock) tweeted at 2:55 PM on Thu, Jan 16, 2014: @amishra77 @ShashiTharoor I never used the word "crime". I only mentioned IPL sponsorship. I resent being blamed for non-existent crimes'.

 

SunandaPTharoor (@sptvrock) tweeted at 3:27 PM on Thu, Jan 16, 2014: '@ruchicatomar no. I took upon myself the sponsorship during time of IPL'.

 

We are used to Communist politicians being unable to check the facts, but we would hope that responsible media would report such matters with a modicum of accuracy, especially since the evidence is available to anyone who goes on www.twitter.com/sptvrock.

 

Dr Shashi Tharoor, M.P.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development

Government of India

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