Rahul Gandhi Files Petition in Supreme Court After Gujarat High Court Rejects Conviction Drop in Defamation Case, Disqualifying Him as MP

Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the Congress party, has taken a step forward by filing a petition in the Supreme Court to project the Gujarat excessive court docket’s decision to now not drop his conviction in a crook defamation case associated with his remarks about the ‘Modi surname’.

 Unfortunately, this conviction resulted in his disqualification as a Lok Sabha MP.

The Gujarat high court delivered a setback to Gandhi’s efforts to regain his Lok Sabha membership when it declined to suspend his conviction and two-year jail term in the criminal defamation case. The court ruled that Gandhi had “breached modesty” and committed an offense involving “moral turpitude”.

The verdict sparked political controversy, with the Congress announcing plans to appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed Gandhi a “habitual criminal” for insulting people. They referred to his comments about the Modi surname prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which led to the criminal defamation case and eventually cost him his Lok Sabha seat.

Justice Hemant P Prachchhak, who rejected Gandhi’s application seeking a stay on his conviction, emphasized the seriousness of the conviction, stating that it affects a significant portion of society. The judge expressed the need for purity in politics and highlighted the importance of representatives having clean backgrounds.

Gandhi maintains that he had no malice in giving the statement in question.

On March 23, 2023, the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court in Surat convicted Gandhi and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, disqualifying him as a Lok Sabha member but suspending his sentence and allowing him the same day to he does not appeal he was convicted within 30 days.

What is the background of the Rahul Gandhi defamation case?

During the 2019 Lok Sabha marketing campaign, Rahul Gandhi made statements that caused a crook contempt case to be filed in opposition to him. Gandhi questioned the indulgences of people like Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi: “What is the reason that all criminals have the same surname?”

Purnesh Modi, a BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister, filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi, arguing that his comment defamed the entire Modi community.

After nearly two years of the case being stagnant in the courts, proceedings resumed earlier this year, resulting in Gandhi’s conviction for defamation in March.”

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