A magisterial court convicted and sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years in prison for his “Modi surname” statement. Recently, the Surat Sessions Court extended Rahul Gandhi’s bail on Monday and set his upcoming hearing for April 13 in relation to a criminal defamation charge from 2019. In his most recent petition, Gandhi asked the court to reject the magistrate’s finding that convicted him of defamation, as well as to temporarily suspend his conviction until the matter is settled.
The Congress leader was found guilty and given a two-year prison sentence in the case on Thursday (23 March), but the court later approved bail for him. In response to a grievance brought forth by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi, the case was brought against Gandhi over his comment that “How come all robbers have Modi surname?” Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi made the comments while speaking at a rally in Kolar, Karnataka.
Senior attorney R. S. Cheema submitted the petition for a stay of execution, which was “directed, managed, and advised” by senior attorney Abhishek Singhvi, a Rajya Sabha Member for the Congress party. The appeal was made in response to the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s HH Verma’s 23 March ruling finding Gandhi guilty of defamation for his remarks in the 2019 case. The Wayanad constituency is currently vacant and the Election Commission (EC) is awaiting the 30-day window allotted by the court before rendering a decision.
Rahul Gandhi previously held the Wayanad constituency. The complainant, Purnesh Modi, who brought the criminal defamation action after Mr. Gandhi declared “all thieves have Modi surname” at a rally in Karnataka during the 2019 Lok Sabha election, received notice from the court of additional district judge R.P. Mogera as well. The complainant has until April 10 to provide a response. Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, came to the Surat District and Sessions Court with his sister Priyanka, the Congress general secretary, while thousands of party members waited outside with banners to show their support.