Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court has granted bail to Rahul Gandhi, in connection with criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel. Earlier, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said that Rahul Gandhi would appear before the court. “Since the summons was also issued to party’s national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, he is also expected to appear tomorrow,” said Doshi.
I'm in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/ BJP.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 12, 2019
I thank them for providing me these platforms & opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public.
Satyameva Jayate 🙏
Before appearing the court, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and thanked his political opponents BJP/RSS for providing platforms and opportunities to take his ideological battle against them to the public.
The defamation suit was filed last year after Gandhi and Surjewala claimed that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank was involved in a “scam” to swap Rs 745.59 crore in swapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation announcement on November 8, 2016.
Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi leaves from Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court, after he was granted bail, in connection with criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel. pic.twitter.com/gsf2QcPMD9— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019
Union home minister Amit Shah is one of the directors of the ADC Bank. The court issued summonses to the two leaders on April 9 after finding prima facie evidence against them.
The complainants said that the Congress leaders leveled “false and defamatory allegations” against the bank. The court had conducted an inquiry under section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before summoning Gandhi and Surjewala.
The section deals with inquiry to decide whether there is sufficient ground for proceeding against a person. Gandhi and Surjewala’s allegations were based on the reply given by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development to an RTI query of a Mumbai-based activist.
ADCB and Patel have denied that the bank exchanged such a huge amount of swapped currency as alleged.