23 Mar 2023

Gujarat: Verdict Today In Defamation Case Against Rahul Gandhi; Congress Leaders Assemble In Surat

Surat (Gujarat): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will appear before a court in Gujarat's Surat on Thursday. The court is likely to deliver its verdict in a 2019 criminal defamation case filed against him over his 'Modi surname' remarks.

Former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modin is complainant

In Kolar near Bengaluru, Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi had said in an election meeting that why all thieves have Modi as their surname. A complaint was lodged by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi on Rahul's statement regarding Modi's surname. A court in Surat is going to pronounce its verdict on March 23 in this defamation case.

According to Rahul's lawyer Kirit Panwala, the court of CJM HH Verma fixed March 23 for the verdict after hearing the final arguments of both the sides last Friday.

Rahul Gandhi will have to be present in the court during the verdict. He left for Surat from Delhi on Thursday morning. 

Senior state Congress leaders, including Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Jagdish Thakor, legislature party leader Amit Chavda, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Gujarat Raghu Sharma and MLAs were in Surat to prepare for Gandhi's visit to Surat.

Will not bow before dictatorship of BJP

GPCC president Jagdish Thakor said the party will not bow before the 'dictatorship of BJP', and appealed to people to be present in a large number to welcome Gandhi.

Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, during a rally in Kolar, Karnataka, Rahul had said in his speech that the surname of thieves is Modi. Why do all thieves have the surname Modi, whether it is Lalit Modi or Nirav Modi or Narendra Modi. 

Rahul appeared in court 3 times

During the hearing of this case, Rahul Gandhi appeared in the court three times. During the last appearance of October 2021, he told himself innocent.

MLA Purnesh Modi, who filed the case, said that Rahul Gandhi had called our society a thief. Allegations were leveled against us in the election meeting, which hurt our sentiments and that of the society. That's why we brought this matter to the court. We will fight till the last breath. We have full faith in the judiciary.

However, Rahul Gandhi's counsel argued that Purnesh Modi should not have been the complainant as an aggrieved party in the case as most of Rahul Gandhi's speeches targeted the Prime Minister and not Purnesh Modi.

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