Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty for ‘thieves sharing Modi surname’ remark
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appeared before a Surat court in a defamation case and pleaded not guilty.
BJP MLA Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Gandhi for his remark “why all thieves share the Modi surname” during Lok Sabha elections campaign earlier this year. Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia had in May issued summons to Gandhi after admitting the complaint. Saying the defamation case filed against him was by his “political opponents, desperate to silence me”, the Gandhi took to Twitter and thanked Congress workers for their “support and solidarity”.