Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has filed a discharge application in the Metropolitan Court in Ahmedabad in connection with the Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) Bank defamation case. He has contended the repeated absence of the complainant as a ground for his discharge from the case.
Counsel for Rahul Gandhi, PS Champaneri, said the court had already rejected two applications filed by ADC Bank chairman Ajay Patel seeking exemption from appearing and adjournment of the hearing. However, Patel, who is the complainant in the case, has remained absent from hearing on several occasions.
Therefore, Gandhi has moved a discharge plea in the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate SP Dulera. The hearing on the discharge plea is scheduled to take place on February 11. Apart from Rahul Gandhi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala is also facing defamation charges.
As per the case details, the bank and its chairman are demanding action against the Congress leaders for defaming them and projecting them as scamsters involved in a Rs 745.59 crore scam of converting demonetised currencies within five days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the note ban on November 8, 2016. Notably, BJP president Amit Shah was one of the directors of the bank at the time of demonetisation.
Patel has alleged that Rahul’s tweet saying #ShahZyadaKhaGaya was damaging to the bank’s reputation and many potential depositors refrained from depositing in the bank. He has also alleged that Rahul’s tweet and Surjewala’s press conference on the subject in June 2018 had ruined his and the bank’s reputation.
Notably, following the complaint, the metropolitan court conducted a preliminary probe in the matter to ascertain the credibility of the allegations and whether the court should move forward with the case, or not. After the probe, the court went ahead with issuing summons against the Congress leaders.
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