Amid the ongoing row over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's defamation case over his 'Modi Surname' remarks, another criminal defamation complaint was filed against Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in a court on Wednesday over his alleged remark suggesting "only Gujaratis can be thugs in the current situation".
All about the incident
The complaint was filed against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader by social worker and businessman Haresh Mehta, 63, under Indian Penal Code sections 499 and 500 (dealing with criminal defamation) in the court of additional metropolitan magistrate DJ Parmar.
"We submitted the complaint along with proof in form of a pen drive containing the statement. The court has accepted the complaint and will verify it on May 1," Mehta's lawyer P R Patel said.
The complaint stems from 33-year-old Yadav's statement made before the media in Patna on March 21.
"Only Gujaratis can be thugs in the present situation, and their fraud (crime) will be forgiven. Who will be responsible if they run away with the money belonging to LIC or banks?" the Bihar Deputy CM had allegedly said.
The complainant said the statement, calling the entire Gujarati community as "thug", was made before the media. It defames and humiliates all Gujaratis in public.
A "thug" is a rogue, sly and a criminal person, and such a comparison with the entire community will cause non-Gujarati people to look at Gujaratis with suspicion, Mehta said while seeking issuance of summons against Yadav and maximum punishment for him under the law.
The complainant said he is also a Gujarati, and when he came across the news on a digital platform, he realised such a defamatory statement will make a non-Gujarati look down upon a resident of the state as a 'thug'.
It may be noted that a court in Gujarat's Surat city in March convicted and sentenced Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail over his "Modi surname" remark. After the conviction, the former Congress president lost his Lok Sabha membership.
Rahul Gandhi Defamation Case
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recently also was convicted of criminal defamation over his "why all thieves have the Modi surname" remark.and was also stripped of his Parliament membership.
On March 23, he was sentenced to two years in jail by a court in Gujarat’s Surat in a 2019 criminal defamation case.
A day later, he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction in the case.
Separately, a court in Ahmedabad has issued summonses to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh in a criminal defamation case filed by the Gujarat University over their remarks on the institute.
(With PTI Inputs)