Another criminal defamation case has been filed against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, this time by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank. The case has been filed against the Congress president and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala for making allegedly false statements that the cooperative bank had collected Rs 750 crore in denotified currency notes in just five days in November, 2016.
BJP president Amit Shah happened to have been associated with the ADCB and had also been a past chairman. He remained a director of the cooperative bank. According to reports, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SK Gadhvi has initiated an inquiry under Section 202 of the CrPC to determine if there are sufficient grounds to proceed with the case. The court has fixed September 17 as the next date of hearing.
According to an RTI response by NABARD, which controls and monitors the cooperative banks, had confirmed that the bank in question had received the amount between November 9 and November 13 after the Prime Minister demonetised 87% of the currency in circulation from midnight on November 8.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala had claimed that Ajay Patel, the chairman of Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank, which mobilised Rs 745.58 crore worth of banned notes in just four days in November 2016, is a “close associate” of BJP president Amit Shah who is a director and former chairman of the bank. While demanding a probe into the deposits, Surjewala had said that the RTI reply had “exposed an attempt to convert black into white money in the guise of demonetisation”.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi had said, “Congratulations Amit Shah ji, Director, Ahmedabad Dist Cooperative Bank, on your bank winning 1st prize in the conversion of old notes to new race. 750 Cr in 5 days! Millions of Indian whose lives were destroyed by Demonetisation, salute your achievement.”