Ahmedabad court grants bail to Rahul Gandhi in another defamation case
Ahmedabad | Jagran News Desk: Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court on Friday granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in another defamation case.
Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel had filed a criminal defamation suit against the Congress leader.
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.
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.
Rahul had reached Ahmedabad earlier today and had thanked the BJP and RSS for providing him with opportunities to take his ideological battle against them to the public.
"I'm in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP. I thank them for providing me these platforms and opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public. Satyameva Jayate," he said in a tweet after reaching Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, two other defamation cases against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are also being heard by other courts in Gujarat. Both the cases are pertaining to his speech in the different election rallies.
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