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Rahul Gandhi likely to visit Surat for defamation case hearing

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  • The Congress MP has been accused of making derogatory comments against Modi community

Surat: Congress leader and Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit Surat in a case of defamation filed against him at a court here. The complaint was filed by Surat (West) BJP MLA Purnesh Modi, who had accused Gandhi of insulting the entire Modi community in 2019.

The incident

The case pertains to Rahul Gandhi’s remark at a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi, they all have a common surname. How come all thieves have Modi as common surname?” he had remarked. At that time, Gandhi had pleaded not guilty and had sought permanent exemption from appearing in person in the court for the case hearing. However, his plea had been challenged by Modi’s lawyer.

Gandhi to come for final statement

The examination of prosecution witnesses has been completed. Now, Gandhi’s final statement will be recorded. It is expected that he will be coming to the city for the same.

Senior Congress leaders in the state, including GPCC chief Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Paresh Dhanani, have already reached the city to meet the local party leaders and plan for Gandhi’s visit.

 

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