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.