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MLA moves court against Rahul over "all Modis thieves" remark

Press Trust of India  |  Surat 

A MLA has filed a criminal defamation complaint in a court here against over his "why all the thieves have Modi in their name" barb.

In his complaint filed Monday, the MLA, Purnesh Modi, claimed Gandhi, with his statement, has defamed the entire Modi community.

The complaint was filed in the sessions court here under IPC sections 499 and 500, both dealing with defamation, and the matter will come up for hearing on April 22.

The ruling party MLA from (West) said the was defaming the entire Modi community by saying all "Modis are thieves".

He referred to an election rally at Kolar in on April 13, where Gandhi asked, "Why all the thieves have Modi in their names, be it Nirav Modi, and Narendra Modi?"

"There is a large number of people with Modi surname. Does it mean all members of the Modi community are thieves? He has defamed the community and also me as I carry the surname.

"This is why we have moved a complaint (against Gandhi) in a court under IPC sections 499 and 500," he said.

"The court at will next hear the case on April 22," Purnesh Modi said.

BJP and Bihar also Tuesday threatened to sue Gandhi over his remarks regarding the Modi surname.

"I was deeply hurt by Rahul Gandhi's statement wherein he remarked that all those who are 'chor' (thieves) shared the Modi surname," was quoted as saying.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:40 IST