Surat: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appeared before a magistrate court in Surat to record his statement in a criminal defamation case. BJP MLA from Surat, Purnesh Modi called ‘Modi’. A case was filed over the alleged remarks of Rahul Gandhi on the surname.
In his statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Surat A N Dave, Gandhi refused to make any derogatory remarks on people with the Modi surname during a rally in Kolar, Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
When the court asked whether he had said that all people with the Modi surname are thieves, Gandhi claimed that he never said such words. On most of the remaining questions regarding evidence and statements of witnesses in the case, Gandhi said, ‘‘I don’t know.’
MLA Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Gandhi in April 2019 under sections 499 and 500 of IPC. A week ago, Surat Chief Judicial Magistrate AN Dave had directed Gandhi to be present in the court on June 24 to record his statement in the case.
Rahul Gandhi was the Congress President when he allegedly made this remark. Purnesh Modi has also moved the Gujarat High Court to summon the Kolar Collectorate and a videographer who recorded the speech as witnesses in the case. The High Court is likely to hear the matter on Monday.