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Rahul: High court extends relief to Gandhi scion for comments over Modi

Ranchi: Jharkhand high court on Wednesday provided further relief to former AICC president and senior Congress Rahul Gandhi by extending its earlier order of no-coercive action against him in connection to a criminal suit against him for his remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally in Ranchi in run up to 2019 Lok Sabha elections.  

The court of Justice S K Dwivedi extended the order while hearing a petition filed by Rahul for quashing the case through his lawyer. The next hearing will take place on December 7.

At a pre-poll rally in Ranchi, Gandhi had allegedly said that people with Modi surnames are “thieves”. He later clarified that he was mentioning about Neerav Modi and Lalit Modi, who were accused of defrauding banks and was linked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Taking objection to the comments, a lawyer Pradeep Modi of Ranch civil court later filed a defamation case in the lower court against Rahul Gandhi. He also filed a separate case for defamation seeking Rs 20 crore as damages from Rahul Gandhi.

The district court then issued summons to Rahul Gandhi to appear in person or by his counsel. The national Congress veteran approached high court to challenge the case against him. In February 2020, high court provided interim relief to Rahul Gandhi ordering no coercive steps against him. It was again extended today till the next hearing.