Rahul Gandhi granted bail in 2018 defamation case

The complaint was filed by the then BJP District Vice President, Vijay Mishra…reports Asian Lite News

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on Tuesday in a defamation case dating back to August 2018.

The District Civil Court in Sultanpur had issued a summons to him 36 hours earlier to appear before it on a defamation case filed by a BJP leader in August 2018.

“This morning Rahul Gandhi will be at the District Civil Court in Sultanpur that had issued a summons to him 36 hours earlier to appear before it on a defamation case filed by a BJP leader in August 2018. Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will not be derailed. Rahul Gandhi will not be silenced. The Indian National Congress will not be intimidated,” he said in a post on ‘X’.

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra entered its 38th day on Tuesday. The yatra will start from Fursantganj in Amethi district and will move towards Raebareli and Lucknow today.

“Today is the 38th day. We have paused the yatra this morning. At 2 pm, we will start again from Fursatganj. There will be a public rally in Raebareli. After that, we will move towards Lucknow,” he told ANI.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been summoned by the District Civil Court in Sultanpur on February 20 in connection with a 2018 case over using derogatory remarks against Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a Bengaluru conference.

The complaint was filed by the then BJP District Vice President, Vijay Mishra.

“I was the vice president of BJP when this incident happened. Rahul Gandhi had accused Amit Shah in Bengaluru that he is a murderer. When I heard these allegations, I felt very pained because I am a 33-year-old worker of the party. I filed a complaint regarding this through my lawyer and this continued for almost 5 years. Today the decision came in this,” Vijay Mishra told ANI.

Santosh Kumar Pandey, lawyer appeared for Vijay Mishra said that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi can be given a maximum punishment of 2 years if sufficient evidence found against him.

“Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a press conference in Bengaluru. About 5 years ago Amit Shah who is currently the Home Minister, objectionable remarks were made against him. On August 4, 2018, this case was filed in the District and Sessions Court of MP-MLA Court Sultanpur. On which on Monday, Judge Yogesh Kumar Yadav of MP MLA Court Sultanpur has summoned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 16. This statement came from Rahul Gandhi during the Karnataka elections in Bengaluru in 2018,” Santosh Kumar Pandey told ANI.

The Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, succeeded by the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, aims to cover 6,700 km through 15 states, with Lok Sabha polls around the corner. (ANI)

‘Solution will emerge on seat-sharing in INDIA bloc’

Even as Congress has faced hiccups in its alliance talks with Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, party leader KC Venugopal exuded confidence about finding a solution in talks with INDIA bloc parties, saying the negotiations are in “final stage” and “anytime it can be finalised”.

Venugopal, who is general secretary (organisation) said, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has formed a national alliance committee for talks and it is carrying on with its work. He said a solution will be found.

“It is in the final stage. Anytime, it can be finalised. Discussion is going on and it will be finalised anytime. We are in the process and our alliance team is there. Congress president has appointed a team of alliance (leaders). Day by day they are discussing with everybody. We are in great form, solution will come,” Venugopal told reporters.

He was replying to queries about some INDIA bloc parties having decided to fight on their own.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has said that the proposals sent to Congress had not been accepted and her party has decided to contest the Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal on its own. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab has also said that it will contest on its own though the party is holding talks for seat adjustment with Congress in Delhi. AAP has already announced two candidates in Gujarat and one in Goa.

Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav made his participation in the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, conditional to a decision on seat sharing, saying that he will be joining it the moment the seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are decided between the two parties.

“Right now talks are going on, lists have come from their side and from ours as well, the moment the seats are distributed and decided, the Samajwadi Party will join Congress’s Nyaya Yatra,” Yadav told reporters on Monday.

Lok Sabha polls are expected to be held in April-May this year. (ANI)

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