Up in arms against Congress President Rahul Gandhi's 'Sarre Modi Chor Hai' (All Modis are thieves) remark, BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi has said that he will file defamation suit against him for calling all Modi’s surname 'CHOR'.
Taking to Twitter, the Bihar Minister blasted the Congress chief and wrote:
Earlier, a defamation suit was filed against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a court in Bhopal on Monday over the same remark.
“I have faced a lot of insult because of his remark. A lot of people asked if all Modis are thieves and hence I filed the suit,” said Pradeep Modi, the petitioner.
The Congress president on 13 April, while taking a jibe at Prime Minister Modi, had reportedly said: “I have a question. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names — whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”
“If you want to say such things, please say it to the person concerned. Talking about a community is objectionable. When I came to the court today, a few of my friends made fun of me. After getting hurt because of this, I have filed this defamation suit,” the petitioner said.
The court will take up the defamation suit on 1 May.
The petitioner’s counsel Pramod Saxena said:
“With this statement, Rahul Gandhi has tried to portray one community as a thief during his political speech in Karnataka. Following this, a defamation case has been filed by Pradeep Modi in a court here."
Meanwhile in a massive jolt to Rahul Gandhi, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Congress President asking him to respond to the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi alleging that Mr Gandhi had committed contempt by attributing his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remarks on the Rafale controversy to the top court.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court has also given a one-week ultimatum to Mr Gandhi for filing his response.