Patna: A court on Saturday directed Congress president Rahul Gandhi to appear in person next month in connection with a defamation suit filed against him by Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Shashikant Roy passed the order taking cognisance of the allegations made by the deputy chief minister, who had taken exception to Rahul's remark "all thieves have the surname Modi" at a political rally.
The Congress president had made the remarks in Kollar district of Karnataka seeking to underscore the alleged laxity of the Narendra Modi government in pursuing corruption cases against diamaintaire Nirav Modi and former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, both of whom have fled the country.
On Friday, the Bihar deputy chief minister appeared before the court alleging that since he shared the same surname, he felt humiliated and ridiculed by the Congress chief's remark and that it was tantamount to defamation.
Roy, while transferring the matter for further hearing to the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Kumar Gunjan, directed Rahul to appear in person on the next date of hearing on 20 May.
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Updated Date: Apr 28, 2019 08:55:55 IST