India, Oct. 10 -- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared before a Surat court on Thursday for hearing in connection with a criminal defamation case.

BJP MLA Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Gandhi under section 499/500 of the CrPC for allegedly saying "why all thieves share the Modi surname" during Lok Sabha elections campaign in May this year. Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia issued summons to Rahul Gandhi in May.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi's court appearance, senior Congress leader Ahmad Patel on Thursday said, "He was summoned so he has come here. Let the law take its own course. We will see when the court takes a decision. Whatever the judge says will be done," reports ANI.

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