Published On: Tue, Apr 4th, 2023

Rahul Gandhi again asks ‘whose money is there in Gautam Adani’s shell companies?’

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who has been convicted by the Surat court for making objectionable remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has categorically rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party`s allegations of Congress party “pressurising” the judiciary. Training his guns at the Centre over the Gautam Adani issue, the former Congress MP asked, “Who has invested Rs 20,000 crore in the shell companies of Gautam Adani, whose money is that?”

Rahul was asked about the allegations put up by BJP on Congress`s “pressurising” judiciary

The Congress leader said this while responding to reporters at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in the national capital where he has arrived for the meeting to decide on the names of the next list of party candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections.

After reaching the AICC headquarters, Rahul was asked about the allegations put up by BJP on Congress`s “pressurising” judiciary, to which he replied, “Why do you always say what BJP is saying…every time you say what BJP is saying”. He further added, “There is a very simple thing. Who does the Rs 20,000 crore in the shell companies of Adani, belong to? These are benami, whose is it?”

This comes after BJP attacked Rahul Gandhi for reaching the court along with many party leaders accusing it of “pressuring” the judiciary. Along with him, several party leaders like DK Shivakumar, Verrappa Moily, Randeep Surjewala, DK Suresh, Priyank Kharge and Mohsina Kidwai also reached the AICC headquarters. The elections are slated to be held in Karnataka on May 10, and the counting of votes will take place on May 13.

Earlier on Monday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with several senior party leaders went to the Gujarat court to file an appeal against his March 23 conviction in a criminal defamation case over his “Modi surname” remark.

He was accompanied by his sister and party leader Priyanka Gandhi. Along with her, the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh too came to the court.

The court in Gujarat`s Surat granted bail till the disposal of the appeal to Rahul Gandhi in the defamation case. The former MP from Wayanad was convicted and sentenced to two years in hail by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate H H Varma on March 23 in a defamation case over his `Modi surname` remark in 2019 in Karnataka.

The matter pertains to Rahul`s remarks at a rally in Karnataka`s Kolar in April 2019, Rahul, in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?”.

Following his conviction, Rahul was disqualified as an MP on March 24, as per a Supreme Court ruling in 2013. Under the ruling, any MP or MLA stands to be disqualified automatically if convicted and sentenced to 2 years or more.

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