PATNA: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was granted bail by Patna Court in connection with a defamation case filed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Saturday. The senior BJP leader had filed a defamation case over Gandhi's remark 'why all thieves have Modi surname?'
Rahul was granted bail on two sureties of Rs 10,000 each.
"I am here to give a message. Whoever stands against (Modi) ideology is attacked, court cases slapped. My fight is to save the Constitution, to stand for the poor and the farmers," said Rahul after being granted bail.
Sushil Modi had filed a criminal complaint before the court of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Kumar Gujnan under Section 500 of IPC (punishment for defamation) against Gandhi for his comment at a rally in Maharashtra which he claimed was defamatory to the people with Modi surname.
Sushil Kumar Modi said in his petition that he "felt hurt" by Gandhi's "sweeping remarks" at the April 13 rally, which was telecast live on TV news channels, as it tarnished the reputation of those who shared the surname, including himself.