A Patna court has directed Congress president Rahul Gandhi to appear in person next month in connection with a defamation suit filed against him by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
The court directed Rahul to appear before it on May 20.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Shashikant Roy passed the order taking cognizance of the allegations made by the state deputy chief minister who took exception to Gandhi’s remark at a rally that “all thieves have the surname Modi.”
Appearing before a court in Patna on Friday in pursuance of his defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi, the Deputy CM said his image has been tarnished by the Congress chief’s objectionable remark.
The senior BJP leader requested the court to take cognisance of the comment under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC which relate to defamation.