No cognisable offence made out against Rahul, police tell court

Over remarks made by Congress leader against PM in 2016

The Delhi police on Wednesday informed a city court that no cognisable offence was made out against Congress president Rahul Gandhi on a complaint against him for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016.

In an action taken report filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, Sub-Inpspector Suneel Siddhu at the Parliament police station said that the complainant could file a suit against Mr. Gandhi for alleged defamatory statement he made against the Prime Minister.

Action taken report

“As per the contents of the complaint, no cognisable offence is made out. Rahul Gandhi made the defamatory statement against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for which a defamation suit may be filed by the individual against whom the statement was made,” the police said in the action taken report (ATR) filed in the court. The case will now come up for hearing on May 22 for consideration of the ATR.

The court had on April 26 directed the police to file an ATR on the plea to lodge an FIR against the Congress president. The complaint, filed by advocate Joginder Tuli, has sought direction to the police to register an FIR against Mr. Gandhi for allegedly making derogatory remarks in 2016 against Mr. Modi, accusing him of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and cashing in on their sacrifice.

‘Exploiting sacrifices’

On October 6, 2016, addressing a meeting at Jantar Mantar here after completion of his ‘Kisan Yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh, the then Congress vice-president said: “You [Prime Minister Modi] are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong,” the complainant alleged.

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