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Rahul Gandhi goes to Gujarat HC to pause conviction in 'Modi surname' case

The Congress leader was disqualified from Lok Sabha last month following his conviction in a defamation case

Reported By : Gonika Arora Edited By : Nivedita Dash
New Delhi
Updated on: April 26, 2023 6:12 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Image Source : PTI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi goes to Gujarat High Court after lower court rejects his request to pause conviction in 'Modi surname' case. The Congress leader was disqualified from Lok Sabha last month following his conviction in a defamation case. Rahul Gandhi had even vacated his official bungalow on Saturday for the same.

The former Congress chief, was disqualified from Parliament after a Surat court convicted and awarded a two-year sentence to him in a defamation case over his Modi surname remarks made in Kolar in Karnataka in 2019. He moved a sessions court against the magistrate's order but his plea was rejected.

The lower court had sentenced him to two years in jail while convicting him for criminal defamation over his remark, "How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?" made during an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, 2019.

While the BJP has clearly stated that it is a court issue, the Congress termed the court ruling "erroneous and unsustainable" and also added the judge seems 'over-shadowed' by the high office of the prime minister.

 

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