Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today pleaded not guilty in a criminal defamation suit filed against him for his remarks against Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Ahmadabad, R B Etaliya also granted him bail on a bond of 10,000 rupees. The court fixed the next hearing on the 7th of December.
Rahul Gandhi in a controversial statement at a campaign rally in Jabalpur, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, had said, “Murder accused BJP chief Amit Shah. Wah, kya shaan hai (how glorious).” In the suit, the complainant termed the remark as slander because Shah had already been acquitted in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in 2015.
Gandhi also appeared before a second court today in the state capital where he is facing another defamation case for claiming that Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) Bank was involved in a currency swapping scam post-demonetisation. Shah is one of the directors of the bank. Gandhi sought personal exemption from this case too, the plea for which will also be heard on December 7.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Gandhi had appeared before the Surat district court in yet another criminal defamation complaint filed by Surat West BJP MLA Purnesh Modi and was granted bail as well as exemption from next hearing in the case.