Patna court calls Rahul Gandhi on May 20
The court of chief judicial magistrate, Patna, on Saturday took cognisance in the defamation case filed by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and summoned him for a personal appearance on May 20.
On April 18, the deputy CM had filed a criminal case against Gandhi and prayed to the court for taking cognisance against the AICC chief for questioning “why all thieves have Modi as their title (surnames)”.
The Congress president, at a public meeting at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, had reportedly the statement, which the deputy CM, who also goes with Modi surname, had found offensive and derogatory.
On Friday last, Modi appeared before the court to record his statement in the matter and pray for summoning the Congress chief, against whom he had submitted recorded version of his speech that “ridiculed and lowered the reputation of a a large number of people sporting the Modi surname in the eyes of the public”.
Modi’s lawyer Shambhu Prasad said, “The court of Shashikant Roy, CJM, has taken cognisance of the matter under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code and summoned Rahul Gandhi for a personal appearance on May 20.”
The summons will be issued on Monday, after formalities are completed in this regard.
Rahul Gandhi has been asked to remain present on May 20 in the court of ACJM 1 Kumar Gunjan, the next date hearing fixed by the CJM for further hearing, Prasad said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a recent public meeting in Maharastra, had said Gandhi made the remark against him and his community members only because they came from a backward caste.