The Supreme Court of India has granted RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav one week to submit a revised statement retracting his controversial remark that “only Gujaratis can be thugs.” The decision was announced on Monday by Justices A S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan, who scheduled the next hearing for February 5th.
On January 19, Yadav submitted an affidavit to the apex court, withdrawing his alleged remarks. The Supreme Court was addressing a petition filed by Yadav, who sought the transfer of a criminal defamation complaint from an Ahmedabad court to a location outside the state. The top court had previously stayed the proceedings in the criminal defamation complaint and issued a notice to the Gujarat resident who filed it.
The controversy began in March 2023 when Yadav, while speaking to the media, stated, “Only Gujaratis can be thugs in the present situation, and their fraud will be forgiven.” This statement led Ahmedabad resident Haresh Mehta to file a complaint, alleging that Yadav’s comments had defamed all Gujaratis.