Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday was granted bail by Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court in a defamation case filed against him by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel. The Congress leader has been directed by the court to pay Rs 15,000 as surety in the case.
The court has accepted Gandhi's bail application on conditions that either he be arrested or he appears in the court. Next hearing in the matter will take place on September 7.
Ahead of the hearing in the court, Rahul Gandhi had taken to Twitter and he is Ahmedabad to appear in another case filed against him by his political opponents in the RSS/BJP. In the tweet, he further thanked them for providing such platforms and opportunities to take his ideological battle against them to the public.
A defamation suit was filed against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Randeep Singh Surjewala after the two claimed that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (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.
Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is one of the directors of the Bank. Summons were issued to the two leaders on April 29 prima facie evidence against them were found. Ahead of the summons, the court had conducted an inquiry under section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure against the two leaders. The complainants have alleged that both Gandhi and Surjewala have leveled 'false and defamatory allegations' against the bank.
(With agency inputs)