A senior lawyer from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has filed a petition before a court seeking a formal complaint against Barak Obama for “insulting” the country’s politicians in his book A Promised Land.
The lawyer, Gyan Prakash Shukla, filed the civil suit on Thursday, demanding police open up an initial charge sheet – known as a First Information Report (FIR) – against Mr Obama for allegedly insulting and humiliating Congress party politicians Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.
The case has been granted a hearing and scheduled for 1 December in Lalganj Civil Court.
The memoir by the former president has made headlines in India and caused ripples in the political sphere for its less-than-flattering description of Mr Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty.
Mr Obama gave vivid accounts of his meetings with Indian political leaders during his first term in office, when the now-opposition Congress party was in power in Delhi.
The Uttar Pradesh lawyer objected to passages in the memoir that stated Sonia Gandhi chose Manmohan Singh to be India’s 13th prime minister as he posed no threat to her son Rahul Gandhi, who is described as “nervous” and eager to impress in the book. Read from source….