Defamation suit filed in Bhopal court against Rahul Gandhi over 'saare Modi chor hai' remark; hearing on 1 May

  • On 13 April, Rahul Gandhi had reportedly said, 'Why do all thieves have Modi in their names — whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi?'

  • Pradeep Modi, the petitioner, said that he faced a lot of insult because of Rahul's remark against 'all' Modis

  • The Bhopal court will take up the defamation suit on 1 May

Bhopal: A defamation suit was filed against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a court in Bhopal on Monday over his alleged statement that “saare Modi chor hai” (All Modis are thieves) remark.

“I have faced a lot of insult because of his remark. A lot of people asked if all Modis are thieves and hence I filed the suit,” said Pradeep Modi, the petitioner.

The Congress president on 13 April, while taking a jibe at Prime Minister Modi, had reportedly said: “I have a question. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names — whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”

“If you want to say such things, please say it to the person concerned. Talking about a community is objectionable. When I came to the court today, a few of my friends made fun of me. After getting hurt because of this, I have filed this defamation suit,” the petitioner said.

The court will take up the defamation suit on 1 May.

The petitioner’s counsel Pramod Saxena said: “With this statement, Rahul Gandhi has tried to portray one community as a thief during his political speech in Karnataka. Following this, a defamation case has been filed by Pradeep Modi in a court here."

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Updated Date: Apr 15, 2019 23:01:00 IST