Patna court grants Rahul Gandhi bail in a defamation case
NEW DELHI: A court in Patna granted bail on Saturday to the former president of Congress Rahul Gandhi in relation to a defamation suit brought against him by the deputy of Bihar, CM Sushil Kumar Modi .
Scion Gandhi had said that all thieves had the surname Modi, referring to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi , accused of bank fraud and former commissioner of the Premier League of India (LPI), Lalit Modi, during an election rally in Karnataka.
The main leader of the BJP had presented the case before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Patna in April, except for Rahul's comment.
The case was referred by CJM Shashikant Roy to ACJM Kumar Gunjan.
Gandhi, who resigned as head of Congress on July 3 assuming moral responsibility for the party's Lok Sabha electoral debacle, visited the capital of Bihar for the last time in May, when he held a roadshow for an actor turned politician. Shatrughan Sinha , who could not keep the seat of Patna Sahib in a ticket of the Congress in the parliamentary elections held in April-May.
There were reports in a media section that Gandhi could also visit Muzaffarpur, about 60 km from here, which has been the most affected by an outbreak of brain fever across the state, which has claimed more than 150 lives.
However, the acting chairman of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC), Kaukab Qadri, told PTI that the full itinerary of the former party chief's visit was not yet available here, although we see little chance that Gandhi visit Muzaffarpur since it was on the cards, advice would have been given to the state unit to make the necessary arrangements.
On July 4, Rahul pleaded not guilty in a Mumbai court to another defamation case for linking the murder of activist Gauri Lankesh to the ideology of BJP-RSS. He had been released at Rs 15,000 guarantee amount. The complaint was filed by an RSS worker and a lawyer.
There are five different cases in which Rahul has to appear before the courts across the country to defend the statements he made against BJP and RSS while campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. Two of them have ended up with Rahul appearing in the courts of Mumbai and Patna.
The next Rahul will appear before an Ahmedabad court on July 9 for his accused murder reference to BJP chief Amit Shah, while on July 12 he will appear before another Gujarat court in criminal defamation suits filed by the Bank. Cooperativa del Distrito de Ahmedabad and its president. . On July 24, Rahul is scheduled to appear before a court in Surat, for allegedly defaming the entire Modi community by saying that all modis are thieves.