NEW DELHI: Former Congress president and Waynad MP Rahul Gandhi appeared before a local court in Gujarat's Surat city in connection with a defamation case filed against him for saying 'why all thieves share the Modi surname' during the 2019 Lok Sabha poll campaign.
Rahul appeared before the magisterial court to defend himself in the criminal defamation case over 'Modi surname' remark.
He had filed an application seeking permanent exemption from personal appearance. In response to his plea, the court had posted the case for hearing on December 10.
The case against Rahul was filed by a local BJP MLA Purnesh Modi under IPC section 499 and 500 which deal with criminal defamation.
Rahul had made the alleged remarks 'why all thieves share the Modi surname' during the Lok Sabha poll campaign earlier this year.
Gujarat Congress president Amit Chabada had earlier informed the Gandhi scion would appear before the court in Surat on October 10.
He also added that Rahul Gandhi will be accorded a grand welcome by our party workers on the entire route from the airport to the court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate BH Kapadia had in May issued summons to Rahul Gandhi after admitting a complaint filed by local BJP MLA Purnesh Modi.
Rahul Gandhi left for Cambodia on October 5.
Rumours were rife that Rahul Gandhi might give the campaigning in the upcoming Assembly Elections a miss after he left for Cambodia.