Rahul Gandhi, the former President of the Indian National Congress (INC,) on the 10th of October, appeared before a Surat court in a defamation case filed against him.
During a Lok Sabha election campaign in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi commented and said, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi… how come they all have Modi as common surname? How come all thieves have Modi as common surname?” Due to his comments highlighting the surname of Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi.
Purnesh Modi, the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Surat (West,) filed the case, alleging Rahul Gandhi of defaming the entire Modi community with his comment.
Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, “I am in Surat today to appear in a defamation case filed against me by my political opponents, desperate to silence me. I am grateful for the love and support of the Congress workers who have gathered here to express their solidarity with me.”
Mr. Gandhi pleaded not guilty of the charges and appealed for a permanent exemption from future court proceedings related to this defamation case. During the last hearing which took place in July, the Surat court exempted Mr. Gandhi from court hearings till the 10th of October.
On the 10th of October, the Surat court reviewed the application submitted by Rahul Gandhi, seeking a permanent exemption. The court set the 10th of December as the deadline for Gandhi to give a reply and said Rahul Gandhi does not have to appear for the hearings till the 10th of December.
This was not the only defamation case filed against Mr. Gandhi during the election campaigns. Another such case was filed against Gandhi in an Ahmedabad court for his defamatory comments against Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India and his son, Jay Shah.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to appear in the Ahmedabad court regarding the case, on the 11th of October at 3:00 P.M.
The next hearing of the defamation case registered with the Surat court is scheduled to be held on the 10th of December.
Stay tuned for further updates.