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Rahul Gandhi granted bail in defamation case filed by Sushil Modi

At an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, Gandhi had said, “I have a question. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names, whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”

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Sushil Modi had filed a defamation case against Gandhi for the same statement. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on Saturday in a defamation case filed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi for allegedly saying “all thieves had the surname Modi”.

The Congress leader, who recently resigned as party president, surrendered before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Kumar Gunjan, who is the judge for special MPs and MLAs court and was granted bail.

At an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, Gandhi had said, “I have a question. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”

Sushil Modi had filed a defamation case against Gandhi for the same statement. “Rahul defames and hurts the sentiments of everyone who has the Modi surname,” he had said.

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After getting the bail today, Rahul took a swipe at the RSS and the Modi government. “Whoever stands against RSS’ and Narendra Modi ji’s ideology is attacked, court cases are slapped. My fight is to save the Constitution, to stand for the poor & the farmers,” he said.

Sushil Modi’s counsel Shambhu Prasad said the court fixed August 8 as the date of next hearing in the case.
“We did not oppose his bail. The court explained to him the accusation against him and asked whether he pleaded guilty,” Prasad told PTI. “The respondent replied in the negative and the matter was posted for further hearing on August 8.”

Two more cases were filed against Gandhi for the remark. On April 24, BJP leader Manoj Modi filed a case against Gandhi in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court in Bihar’s Purnea district. On May 2, a Gujarat court had also issued summons to Gandhi after a criminal defamation suit was filed by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi.

Sushil Modi’s counsel, Shambhu Prasad, said the court fixed August 8 as the next date of hearing in the case.
“We did not oppose his bail. The court explained to him the accusation against him and asked whether he pleaded guilty,” Prasad told PTI. “The respondent replied in the negative and the matter was posted for further hearing on August 8.”

Taking responsibility for his party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi Wednesday stepped down as Congress president.