Defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear in Surat court on October 10
Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to appear before a magisterial court in Surat on Thursday to defend himself in a criminal defamation case over Modi surname remark.
The case was filed against him for saying 'why all thieves share the Modi surname' during the Lok Sabha poll campaign earlier this year.
Gujarat Congress president Amit Chabada said former president Rahul Gandhi would appear before the court in Surat on October 10.
He also added that Rahul Gandhi will be accorded a grand welcome by our party workers on the entire route from the airport to the court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate BH Kapadia has in May issued summons to Gandhi after admitting a complaint filed by local BJP MLA Purnesh Modi under IPC section 499 and 500 which deal with criminal defamation.
Rahul Gandhi left for Cambodia on October 5. Rumours were rife that Rahul Gandhi might give the campaigning in the upcoming Assembly Elections a miss after he left for Cambodia.
The Centre has taken a measure to streamline the security cover accorded to the SPG protectees, according to sources.
The Special Protection Group (SPG), which provides proximate protection to protectee, has been issued fresh guidelines by the Centre.
As per the guidelines, when protectee travels abroad, it will now be mandatory for SPG personnel to accompany them at all times.
The change in procedure comes as questions are being raised over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's reported trip to Cambodia.