Mumbai court summons Rahul Gandhi

A Mumbai court here has summoned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a defamation complaint against him for his “commander-in-thief” remark while attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year over the Rafale fighter jet deal.

The Girgaum metropolitan magistrate issued the summons on August 28 directing the Congress MP from Wayanad to appear, either in person or through his lawyer, on October 3.

The defamation complaint was filed by a person named Mahesh Shrishrimal in September last year.In a veiled attack, Gandhi had called the prime minister “commander-in-thief” last year.

“To, Rahul Rajiv Gandhi, your attendance is necessary to a charge under section 500 of the IPC. You are hereby directed to appear in person (or by a pleader) before the court on October 3, 2019,” the summons said.

Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code deals with cases of defamation and entails punishment with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. Shrishrimal claimed in his plea that Gandhi’s statements had hurt the sentiments of prime minister’s supporters.

Rahul Gandhi is already facing trial in two defamation complaints in Maharashtra, filed by RSS workers.

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