PATNA – Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday announced that he will file a defamation case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his alleged “all thieves have Modi in their surnames” comment.
“I will file a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi in Patna High Court within two days,” Modi told reporters here.
The BJP leader claimed that Gandhi has hurt the sentiments of crores of people with Modi surname. The Dy CM said, “He (Rahul Gandhi) has referred to crores of people with ‘Modi’ surname as ‘chor’ and hurt their sentiments.”
“Is it a crime to have ‘Modi’ surname?” he asked.
Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Maharashtra on Monday, asked how come all “thieves” have Modi as the common surname as he attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“But tell me one thing…Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as a common name. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common name?” Gandhi had asked.
Supreme Court asks Rahul Gandhi to explain remark it never made
In a separate case, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi in connection with a contempt petition filed against him by the BJP on the Rafale controversy and has also asked him to explain his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remarks against PM Narendra Modi, which he attributed to the court.
The SC bench led by the Chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi issued a clarification that it had not made any remarks regarding the PM Modi’s role in the Rafale deal.
“We never said this.. we will clarify this…” observed CJI Ranjan Gogoi in open court on Monday.
The bench has now asked Rahul Gandhi to give an explanation for his statement.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley in a series of tweets accused Rahul Gandhi of “rewriting the court order.” Arun Jaitley also alleged that “In Rahul Gandhi’s politics, the right to free speech includes the right to falsehood…”