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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was granted bail by the Ahmedabad Metropolitan court today (Friday, July 12) in a defamation suit filed against him by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman, Ajay Patel.

The suit alleged that the Congress leaders had claimed that the bank, in which BJP president and now Union Home Minister Amit Shah is a director, was involved in a scam to swap Rs750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in 2016.

The Ahmedabad court accepted the bail application on conditions that either Gandhi be arrested or he appears in the court. The court granted the bail in bond of ₹15,000 and posted the matter for hearing on September 7.

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Arriving in Ahmedabad for the hearing, Gandhi thanked his political opponents, RSS and BJP, for “providing him with platforms and opportunities” to ensure his “ideological battle” against them reached the public: “I’m in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP. I thank them for providing me with these platforms and opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public. SatyamevaJayate.”

This was Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to the Gujarat capital after the party’s humiliating defeat in the recently held Lok Sabha elections.

Summons were issued to Gandhi and Congress spokesperson RandeepSurjewala in a criminal defamation suit filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah is a director of the bank. The suit alleged that the Congress leaders had claimed that the bank was involved in a scam to swap Rs 750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in November 2016.

State Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said that the Congress leader will in the evening, interact with the party’s leaders for half an hour in a closed event.

Commenting on the suit, Doshi said, “This is a conspiracy by the BJP to frame and harass Rahul for his fight for the common people. He had exposed the wrongdoings of the BJP and had stood by the common people. Rahul will keep fighting for the truth and the entire party is with him in this.”

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