Former Congress President and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appeared in a magistrate court in Surat in a criminal defamation case. While recording his statement here, Gandhi has refused to apologize. Let us tell you that during the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign, Rahul Gandhi made a comment about the Modi surname. He told the court that he was joking. He also said that he doesn’t even remember anything about it now.
According to media reports, Rahul Gandhi said in the court, “I did not intend to target any community. I was just sarcasm during elections. I don’t even remember much about it.” It is being told that Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer also said that his client will not apologize. The next hearing of the case will be on July 11.
A Gujarat MLA had filed a case against Rahul Gandhi. BJP MLA from Surat, Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Gandhi in April 2019 under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC. A week ago, Surat Chief Judicial Magistrate AN Dave directed Gandhi to be present in the court on June 24 to record his final statement in the case.
The MLA had alleged in his complaint that Gandhi defamed the entire Modi community at an election rally in 2019 by saying, “How come all thieves have the same surname Modi?”
At an election rally in Karnataka’s Kolar on April 13, 2019, Gandhi had reportedly said, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi… how do they all have the same surname Modi? How do all thieves have the same surname Modi?” Rahul Gandhi was the Congress president when he reportedly made this remark. Gandhi had earlier appeared in court in October 2019 and had pleaded not guilty to the remarks.