Rahul Gandhi will appear before the Ahmedabad court in a defamation case

AHMEDABAD: congress leader Rahul Gandhi He will appear before a court of metropolitan magistrates here on Friday for the hearing of a criminal complaint for defamation filed against him by the Cooperative Bank of the Ahmedabad District and its president, Ajay Patel.

Gandhi would appear in court, said Congress spokesman Manish Doshi.

Since the citation was also issued to the party's national spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, he is also expected to appear tomorrow, said Doshi.

The defamation lawsuit was filed last year after Gandhi and Surjewala declared that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank was involved in a scam to exchange Rs 745.59 crore in paper money with valid currency within five days after demonetization announcement on November 8, 2016.

Minister of interior of the union Amit Shah He is one of the directors of the ADC bank.

The court issued citations to the two leaders on April 9 after finding prima facie evidence against them.

The claimants said that Congress leaders filed false and defamatory accusations against the bank.

The court had conducted an investigation under section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before convening Gandhi and Surjewala.

The section deals with the investigation to decide if there is enough reason to proceed against a person.

The accusations by Gandhi and Surjewala were based on the response of the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development to a RTI question from an activist based in Mumbai.

ADCB and Patel have denied that the bank has exchanged such an enormous amount of currency exchanged as alleged.