Rahul Gandhi granted bail in 2019 defamation case | Daily News

Rahul Gandhi granted bail in 2019 defamation case

INDIA: The Surat District Court on March 23 sentenced senior Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail in a 2019 criminal defamation

 case against him over his alleged ‘Modi’ surname remarks. The court later granted him bail, and stayed its order for a period of 30 days so that Gandhi can appeal in a higher court.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma, which held Gandhi guilty under Indian Penal Code sections 499 and 500, also granted him bail and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal in a higher court, the Congress leader’s lawyer Babu Mangukiya said, according to a PTI report.

The case was filed against Gandhi for his alleged ‘how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?’ remarks on a complaint lodged by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.

“I welcome the judgement of the court,” Purnesh Modi told ANI after the verdict. The Wayanad MP made the remarks while addressing a rally at Kolar in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Reacting to the verdict, Gandhi’s sister and politician Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted, “My brother has never been afraid, nor will he ever be. Have lived speaking the truth, will continue to speak the truth. Will continue to raise the voice of the people of the country.”


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