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Rahul gets bail in Modi surname jibe case
Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on Saturday after he appeared before a court here in a defamation case filed by BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi
Patna : Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on Saturday after he appeared before a court here in a defamation case filed by BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, days after a Mumbai court held that the Congress leader would face trial for alleged slander against the RSS.
Gandhi alleged that he was being targeted for raising his voice against the Narendra Modi government and the BJP-RSS combine, and vowed to continue his fight.
The Congress leader, who recently resigned as party president, surrendered before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Kumar Gunjan, who is the judge for special MPs and MLAs court here, and was granted bail.
Sushil Modi's counsel, Shambhu Prasad, said the court fixed August 8 as the next date of hearing in the case. "We did not oppose his bail. The court explained to him the accusation against him and asked whether he pleaded guilty," Prasad told PTI.
Gandhi alleged that scores were being settled in the country with anyone who raised his voice against the ruling dispensation. "I am committed to fighting for the country's poor, farmers and workers. I have come here to express my solidarity with them," he said.
"Whoever is raising his voice in the country against the Modi government, against the BJP-RSS combine is being targeted through court cases. But my fight will continue," Gandhi told reporters before leaving the court premises.
Gandhi was slapped with the defamation suit by Sushil Modi in April for asking "why all thieves have the surname Modi".
The comment was an obvious reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, absconding bank scam accused Nirav Modi and former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi.
Several Congress workers were seen staging demonstration outside the Patna court, demanding that Gandhi withdraw his resignation as the party's president.
Some of the demonstrators claimed that if Gandhi remained adamant, they would self-immolate outside the historic Sadaqat Ashram here, where the state Congress headquarters are located.
This was the Congress leader's first visit to the city after the Lok Sabha election. He was last seen here in May when he held a roadshow in support of Patna Sahib party candidate Shatrughan Sinha.
The deputy chief minister had moved the court alleging that he was personally anguished by Gandhi's remarks since he shared the same surname.
Upon arrival at the airport, Gandhi was received by senior leaders, including state Congress president Madan Mohan Jha.
He drove straight to the court premises, around seven kilometres away. The court premises was cordoned off by the police since morning following a review of security arrangements by the Special Protection Group on the previous day.