Legal system collapsing, Law Minister peddling fake news: Rahul

Last Updated 24 March 2018, 09:09 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accusing him of peddling "fake news" instead of addressing the problems faced by a "collapsing" legal system.

Gandhi highlighted the pending cases in the subordinate courts, the High Courts and the Supreme Court and the shortage of judges to drive home his point.

"Legal system collapsing under Pending Cases: Supreme Court 55,000 + High Court 37 Lakh + Lower Courts 2.6 Crore + Yet, a staggering 400 High Court and 6,000 Lower Court judges not appointed, while Law Minister preoccupied peddling fake news," the Congress President said on Twitter.

Prasad had claimed that the Congress has used the services of disgraced data mining firm Cambridge Analytica to shore up the image of Rahul Gandhi ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections last year.

Gandhi has hit back at the BJP for using the services of Cambridge Analytica to "sabotage" the Congress prospects in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"BJP lying factory at work: Journalist set to break the big story on how Cambridge Analytica was paid to infiltrate and sabotage the Congress in 2012. BJP rushes Cabinet Minister to lie and spin fake news: Congress worked with CA! Real story vanishes," Gandhi had said on Twitter on Friday.

Gandhi attached to his tweet an NDTV interview of the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica's Indian partner Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI).

The BJP and the Congress have been engaged in a war of words over utilising the services of the tainted firm for management of elections.

The BJP has alleged that the Congress had hired Cambridge Analytica for the Gujarat assembly elections. The Congress hit back at the BJP claimed that the ruling party had utilised the services of the disgraced firm for elections in five states as well as the 2014 general election.

Meanwhile, the Centre has issued a notice to UK-based Cambridge Analytica, asking it to give a list of clients and the source of data it had collected in India.

(Published 24 March 2018, 08:50 IST)

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