The Surat Session Court will give its verdict on April 20 in the Modi surname defamation case.
The hearing in the court lasted for about six hours on the appeal of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.
After this, the court reserved the verdict which will be pronounced on April 20. When Rahul Gandhi’s appeal was heard in the Sessions Court after 12 o’clock, Rahul Gandhi’s lawyers first presented their arguments before the court and called the lower court’s decision wrong.
After this, the lawyers of Purnesh Modi, the petitioner in this case, presented their arguments. The hearing went on in the court till about 5.15 pm and finally when the arguments were completed, someone announced that the decision would be pronounced on April 20.
What did Rahul’s lawyer say?
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer argued in the session court that the opposition have to oppose the government. Like Freedom of Speech, Rahul Gandhi has the right to criticize the government. In such a situation, Rahul Gandhi’s statement should be taken in the context of criticism of the government.
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer said that in 2016 a complaint was lodged against Naran Kachadia. Why was no action taken against MP Naran Kachadia in that case?
Arguments given from both sides
Purnesh Modi, who filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi, said that Rahul Gandhi defamed 13 crore people with his statement. In response to this, Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer said that the total Gujarati population is 6 crores. In this case, this logic itself is wrong. Arguments were placed on each and every fact from both the sides.
Session Court Judge Robin Mogera, after hearing arguments from both the sides for several hours, fixed the date for April 20, reserving the judgement.