UP Court Schedules Hearing for Defamation Case Against Rahul Gandhi on June 7

A MP-MLA court in Uttar Pradesh has set June 7 as the date to hear the 2018 defamation case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The case pertains to alleged derogatory remarks made by Gandhi against Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a press conference in Bengaluru. BJP leader Vijay Mishra filed the defamation complaint against Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi’s legal representative, Kashi Prasad Shukla, submitted an application requesting the postponement of the hearing, citing Gandhi’s involvement in the ongoing Lok Sabha election campaign as a reason for his inability to appear before the court on earlier scheduled dates.

Santosh Kumar Pandey, the lawyer representing the plaintiff, argued in court that Gandhi is evading the legal proceedings. The court had previously issued a warrant against Gandhi in December of last year. Following the issuance of the warrant, Gandhi paused his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Amethi on February 20 to appear in court, where he was granted bail.

The initial complaint leading to this case was lodged on August 4, 2018, following Gandhi’s comments about Shah, which were deemed objectionable by the complainant.

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