Omar Abdullah threatens to sue Chhattisgarh CM over Sachin Pilot dig
New Delhi/IBNS: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday threatened legal action against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for indicating that Congress rebel Sachin Pilot's actions were linked to him and his father's release from detention in Kashmir earlier this year.
"I am fed up of the downright malicious and false allegation that what Sachin Pilot is doing is somehow linked to my or my father's release from detention earlier this year. Enough is enough. Mr Bhupesh Baghel will be hearing from my lawyers," Omar Abdullah tweeted this evening, attaching a formal rebuttal from the National Conference.
I am fed up of the downright malicious and false allegation that what Sachin Pilot is doing is somehow linked to my or my father’s release from detention earlier this year. Enough is enough. Mr @bhupeshbaghel will be hearing from my lawyers. Cc @RahulGandhi @INCIndia @rssurjewala https://t.co/Gojb7vN1V3— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 20, 2020
In response, Baghel asked Abdullah to not make this situation an opportune moment adding that the 'allegation' was only a question.
"Please do not try to turn this tragic demise of democracy into an opportune moment @OmarAbdullah ji. The 'allegation' was only a question asked, and we will keep asking it, as will the country," Baghel tweeted.
To this, Omar Abdullah replied: "You can send your answer to my lawyers. This is what is wrong with the Congress today, you don't know your friends from your opponents. This is why you people are in the mess you are in. Your 'question' was malicious and will not go uncontested."
You can send your answer to my lawyers. This is what is wrong with the @INCIndia today, you don’t know your friends from your opponents. This is why you people are in the mess you are in. Your “question” was malicious & will not go uncontested. https://t.co/abgijaSDyW— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 20, 2020
Abdullah, whose sister Sara is married to Sachin Pilot, was released from detention after seven months in Srinagar on March 24.
Days before that, his father Farooq Abdullah was released from house arrest.
They were among several political leaders detained last August when the Centre scrapped the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Baghel in an interview to The Hindu newspaper, published on Monday, said: "As far as Sachin Pilot is concerned, not that I have been tracking the Rajasthan events so closely, but it does make one curious why Omar Abdullah was released. He and Mehbooba Muftiji were booked under the same Sections of the law, while she is still languishing, he is out. Is it because Mr. Abdullah is brother-in-law of Sachin Pilot."
The Congress government in Rajasthan plunged into a political crisis more than a week ago after then Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot flew to Delhi revolting against CM Ashok Gehlot.
Gehlot has alleged Pilot was playing in the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to topple the Rajasthan government.
Image: Jammu Kashmir NC Twitter Handle