Surat: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared before a magistrate’s court in Surat in connection with a defamation suit filed by a Gujarat MLA. He appeared to record his statement, according to a media report.
The Congress leader denied making any defamatory remarks on people with the surname “Modi”.
When the court asked if Gandhi had stated that all people with the surname “Modi” were thieves, Rahul Gandhi denied this and said he never used those words during his election campaign in Karnataka 2019.
Rahul is facing a criminal defamation suit filed by Purnesh Modi, a BJP MLA from Surat West constituency, Purnesh alleged that Rahul had defamed the Modi community by comparing PM Narendra Modi with economic offenders Nirav and Lalit Modi. In an election rally, Rahul had allegedly asked why “all thieves have the surname, Modi”
Advocate Kirit Panwala who represented Rahul told The Indian Express. “ During the cross-examination on the allegation, Gandhi told the court that he had gone to Kolar to address public meetings during a campaign for the parliamentary elections. When the judge asked whether he had made the alleged statement, he responded that his speech was against Narendra Modi and not the entire Modi community, and he loved all communities and respected him.”