A district Magistrate Court in Surat asked Rahul Gandhi to appear before the court to record his final statement. He reached Surat on Thursday morning to record his final statement in the defamation suit filed against him. Rahul Gandhi’s defamation case was lodged by a Gujarat BJP MLA over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the ‘Modi surname’.
Prior to the General Election in 2019 Rahul Gandhi reportedly linked Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi’s surname to the Surname of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At an election rally in Karnataka state, he asked how all the thieves have Modi as their Surname. This incident did not go well with the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and a Gujarat BJP MLA filed a defamation case against the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
For the hearing of Rahul Gandhi’s defamation case, A.N Dave, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat ordered Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to appear on Thursday, June 24, to record his final statement in a defamation case. BJP MLA Purnesh Kumar Modi had filed a complaint against Rahul Gandhi in April 2019.
Under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 499 and 500 which deal with defamation suits, Purnesh Modi, a BJP MLA, filed a complaint in 2019. Rahul Gandhi had earlier appeared before the court in October 2019 and pleaded not guilty for his comment. Congress alleged that it is a “false defamation case”.
Purnesh Modi accused Rahul Gandhi that he had defamed the entire Modi community by saying “How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?”
Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda said that Rahul Gandhi will arrive at 10 a.m. and leave at 12.30 p.m. He added that Rahul Gandhi is coming to the city only to attend the court proceedings and no other political meeting is planned. He will leave once the proceedings get over.