Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court, today, granted bail to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in connection with criminal defamation suit, filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel.
Earlier in the day, before the court proceedings, Gandhi had made a veiled attack on BJP and RSS saying he was happy that they (BJP and RSS) gave him a platform to take his ideological battle to the public.
“I’m in Ahmedabad today to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP. I thank them for providing me these platforms and opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public,” Gandhi had tweeted.
The defamation suit was filed last year after Gandhi and Surjewala claimed that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) Bank was involved in a ‘scam’ to swap Rs 745.59 crore in swapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation announcement on November 8, 2016.
Union home minister Amit Shah is one of the directors of the ADC Bank. The court issued summonses to the two leaders on April 9 after finding prima facie evidence against them.
The complainants said that the Congress leaders leveled ‘false and defamatory allegations’ against the bank. The court had conducted an inquiry under section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before summoning Gandhi and Surjewala.
At least 20 cases has been filed against the former Congress President from Wayanad. Last week, Gandhi had appeared before a Mumbai court and Patna court in separate defamation cases filed against him.