Rahul Gandhi: High Court deems lower court’s verdict appropriate
Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, has been found guilty in a defamation case related to his nickname remark. The Gujarat High Court has upheld his two-year sentence, resulting in the loss of his parliamentary membership. Know more about the court’s decision and the implications it holds for Rahul Gandhi’s political career.
The Gujarat High Court has upheld Rahul Gandhi’s sentence. Justice Hemant Prachchhak, while dismissing the plea to stay Rahul Gandhi’s sentence, stated that there are at least 10 pending criminal cases against him. Even after the current case, additional cases have been filed against him, including one by Veer Savarkar’s grandson.
The judge further stated that no injustice will be done with the conviction. The conviction is just and appropriate. There is no need to intervene in the previous orders given. Therefore, the application is dismissed.
It is noteworthy that Rahul Gandhi was found guilty in a defamation case related to his comment with the nickname “Modi”. He was sentenced to two years, after which he lost his membership in Parliament. Now, the High Court has dealt another blow to him. This means he won’t be able to contest elections or demand the cancellation of his suspension as a Member of Parliament (MP). However, he can appeal against the High Court’s order in the Supreme Court.
Rahul Gandhi should not create such a history
Meanwhile, BJP legislator Purnesh Modi welcomed the High Court’s verdict. He commented on the court’s statement, which mentioned the registration of additional cases against Rahul, and said that Rahul should think about it and not create such a history.
Two-year sentence in March
In fact, in March, the Surat court had sentenced Rahul Gandhi to a two-year imprisonment under Section 504 for his comment regarding the “Modi” nickname made during the 2019 general elections. Following this, Rahul’s membership in the Lok Sabha was also revoked. If the High Court ruling goes in Rahul’s favor, it would pave the way for the reinstatement of his parliamentary membership. However, he can appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court’s order.
No interim relief granted in May
Prior to this, Justice Prachchhak had denied interim relief to Rahul Gandhi in May during the hearing of his plea. He had stated that they would pass the final order after the summer vacation.
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer had presented this argument
During the hearing on April 29 in the Gujarat High Court, Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer argued that a maximum of two years’ imprisonment for a bailable and non-cognizable offense would result in him losing his seat in the Lok Sabha.
What did Rahul Gandhi say?
During a rally in Kolar, Karnataka, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi had said, “How come everyone’s nickname is Modi?” Based on this comment, BJP legislator and former Gujarat Minister Purnesh Modi had filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of defaming the entire Modi community. Rahul faced charges under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).