Rahul Gandhi reaches Surat court to record statement in 'Modi surname' defamation case

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday morning arrived at a Surat court to record his statement in a defamation case. The Wayanad MP is defending himself in a criminal case over his ‘Modi surname’ remark. BJP MLA Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Gandhi in April 2019 under IPC sections 499 and 500.

In his complaint, the MLA from Surat-West seat had alleged that Rahul Gandhi had defamed the entire Modi community by saying "How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?" while addressing a poll rally in 2019.

A week ago, Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat A N Dave had directed Gandhi to remain present on June 24 to record his final statement in the case.

Further details awaited.

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