Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB) and its chairman Ajay Patel on Monday filed two separate criminal defamation cases against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala for their remarks on the bank in connection to an RTI filed on demonetisation. Addressing a press conference on June 22, Surjewala had claimed, quoting an RTI reply, that the bank had exchanged Rs 745.58 crore banned notes in just five days after demonetisation was announced in 2016.
The same day Congress chief Rahul Gandhi posted: "Congratulations Amit Shah ji, Director, Ahmedabad Dist Cooperative Bank, on your bank winning 1st prize in the conversion of old notes to new race. Appearing for the ADC and Patel, senior lawyer S V Raju said that on June 22 Surjewala had held a press conference in which he had made "false and baseless allegation which are defamatory per se that in five days Rs 745 crore was exchanged and that it is a big national scam."
Raju said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi also said "(with the hashtag) ShahZyadaKhaGaya... that in five days Rs 745 crore was exchanged during demonetisation and that the party (BJP) became richer by 80 per cent.
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