Three cases filed against Gandhi for remark defaming Modi

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 03, 2019, 10:02 AM

A criminal defamation suit had been filed by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his remark at an election rally in Karnataka, “all thieves have Modi in their surname”, which led to his being summoned by a Gujarat court. 
At the election rally in the Kolar district of the state on April 13, Gandhi had wondered aloud why all thieves, such as Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Narendra Modi, have the same surname. He went on to add that “we don’t know how many more such Modis will come out”.
On April 16, Purnesh Modi filed the complaint against Gandhi under Indian Penal Codes sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation). The Gujarat MLA was reported as saying that Gandhi had “defamed the whole community”, and has indirectly said that “all members of Modi community are thieves”. 
On April 24, BJP leader Manoj Modi also filed a case against Gandhi at the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Bihar, for the same remark.  Later, Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also filed a defamation case against the Congress President for “hurting the sentiments of everyone who has the Modi surname”. 
B H Kapadia, Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat, has ordered Gandhi to present himself in court on June 7. 

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