Rahul pleads not guilty in 'why thieves share Modi surname' defamation case.
Congress leader today appeared before a magisterial court and pleaded not guilty in the famous criminal defamation case filed against him for his "why do all thieves share the Modi surname" remarks.
Gandhi appeared before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia in Surat and pleaded not guilty when asked by the court whether he accepts the charges, leveled against him by BJP legislator from Surat-West, Purnesh Modi.
After Gandhi's plea was recorded, his lawyers moved an application seeking a permanent exemption from personal appearance in the next hearings. After Modi's lawyers raised an objection to the exemption plea, the court said it will decide on the plea on December 10.
The court said Gandhi is not required to remain present during the next hearing on that date.