On Friday, Gujarat HC dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case over Modi’s surname remark.
Gujarat HC upholds Sessions Court’s order denying stay on conviction of Rahul Gandhi in the defamation case against ‘Modi surname’ remark. With this court order, Rahul Gandhi will not be able to contest elections or seek revocation of the suspension of his status as an MP.
However, he can appeal the High Court order in Supreme Court.
The Trial Court conviction order is proper; there is no need to interfere with the said order. Therefore, the application is dismissed. The Court further noted that at least 10 criminal cases are pending against Rahul Gandhi.
The criminal defamation complaint was filed against Gandhi by BJP legislator Purnesh Modi. He approached the court by saying that Rahul Gandhi’s statement, ‘Why do all thieves have Modi surname in common.’
Rahul Gandhi gave this statement during the last parliamentary polls in 2019 while addressing a campaign rally in Karnataka.
In this march, he was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail. He was disqualified as a Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha.
Gujarat HC dismissed Rahul Gandhi plea:
Gujarat High Court upholds Sessions Court's order denying stay on conviction of Rahul Gandhi in the defamation case against 'Modi surname' remark. pic.twitter.com/Qzw15PE0Ij— ANI (@ANI) July 7, 2023