Surat: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to look earlier than a magisterial court docket right here on Thursday to defend himself in a legal defamation case filed in opposition to him for saying “why all thieves share the Modi surname” throughout the Lok Sabha ballot marketing campaign this 12 months.
Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda on Tuesday held a gathering with native occasion leaders in view of Gandhi’s upcoming go to.
He instructed media individuals that the previous Congress president would seem earlier than the court docket right here on October 10.
“Rahulji will be accorded a grand welcome by our party workers on the entire route from the airport to the court,” Chavda stated.
Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace B H Kapadia had in Might issued summons to Gandhi after admitting a grievance filed by native BJP MLA Purnesh Modi below IPC sections 499 and 500, which take care of legal defamation.
Over the past listening to in July, the court docket had granted Gandhi exemption from private look, slating October 10 as the following date of listening to.
In his grievance, the BJP legislator from Surat-West had alleged the Congress chief had defamed the whole Modi group along with his comment “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname”, made throughout the Lok Sabha marketing campaign.
The court docket, whereas admitting the swimsuit, had held that there was a prima facie case of legal defamation in opposition to the Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad.
At a marketing campaign rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, Gandhi had reportedly stated, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi… how come they all have Modi as common surname? How come all thieves have Modi as common surname?”
In his grievance, Purnesh Modi had stated the Congress chief had defamed the whole Modi group along with his assertion.
Gandhi can be going through two different defamation fits in Ahmedabad — one for calling Union Residence Minister Amit Shah a “murder accused” and one other for claiming that Ahmedabad District Cooperative Financial institution, the place Shah is a director, was concerned in a “scam” scrapped forex notes with face worth of Rs 750 crore have been exchanged with legitimate payments inside 5 days of demonetisation in 2016.
Although the following date of listening to in each these instances is October 11, legal professionals claimed Gandhi’s look in Ahmedabad courts will not be wanted at this juncture.