Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had been abroad for few days, on Thursday appeared before a magisterial Surat court of Gujarat and pleaded not guilty in a criminal defamation case filed against him for his "why do all thieves share Modi surname" remarks.
Gandhi appeared before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia and pleaded not guilty when asked by the court whether he accepts the charges, levelled against him by BJP legislator from Surat-West, Purnesh Modi, reports PTI.The court will decide on the plea on December 10.
At a campaign rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, Gandhi had said, "Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi... how come they all have Modi as a common surname? How come all thieves have Modi as a common surname?"
In his complaint, Purnesh Modi had alleged that the Congress leader had defamed the entire Modi community with his statement.