Gujarat, Oct 10 :Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared before a Surat court today to plead “not guilty” in connection with a defamation case filed after he allegedly said: “all thieves have Modi as common surname” at an election rally in Karnataka during 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign. Gandhi also filed an application for permanent exemption from future court proceedings in this case. The court has set December 10 as the date of reply to the application, also exempted Gandhi from appearing.
The case, filed by a BJP leader, pertains to a statement made by Gandhi during a rally in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi had 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?”
Ahmed Patel said “He was summoned so he has come here. Let the law take its own course. We will see when the court takes a decision. Whatever the judge says will be done.”
On the comments made by Rahul Gandhi “Why do all thieves have Modi in their names”, Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said, ” In a democracy, party in power should tolerate criticism of opposition.Rahul ji had said Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi are thieves and Narendra Modi is a failure.BJP connected his statement to Modi community and insulted them.”