Tipu Sultan descendants threaten legal action against Union Minister Anantkumar

Descendant of ruler Tipu Sultan has threatened legal action against Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde of Karnataka who called the 18th century ruler of Mysore a "mass rapist" and a "brutal killer" in a tweet on Friday. The descendant said they are deeply pained by the statement and will take legal action against the minister. The descendants said that he was such a respected ruler and the allegations levelled against him were used to tarnish his image. He was a national hero and the Tiger of Mysore. Union Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde made the comment when he refused invitation for celebrations on Tipu Sultan Jayanti and called the event 'shameful'.