Ahmedabad: Criminal defamation cases have been filed against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB) and its chairman Ajay Patel on Monday. This comes after their comments on ADCB in connection with an RTI filed on demonetisation. 

At a press meet in June, Surjewala claimed that the bank had exchanged junked notes worth Rs 745.58 crore in five days after the announcement of demonetisation. He further claimed that ADCB chairman Patel “close associate of BJP president Amit Shah who is a director and former chairman of the bank”.

Adding fuel to the fire, Gandhi tweeted, “Congratulations Amit Shah ji, Director, Ahmedabad Dist Cooperative Bank, on your bank winning 1st prize in the conversion of old notes to a new race. 750 Cr in 5 days! Millions of Indian whose lives were destroyed by Demonetisation, salute your achievement”.


The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) had later clarified that the average deposit in ADCB was Rs 46,795 per account holder, which is lower than the average in 18 district co-operative banks in Gujarat.

BJP’s IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya tweeted, “Taking down Rahul Gandhi is boring, because he neither has facts nor credibility. 746 cr was deposited by 1.6 L account holders (mostly farmers and neo-middle class), which translates to- 46K/depositor, lower than other banks. RG’s demonetisation blues?"