Rahul Gandhi convicted in defamation case
High Court Setback For Rahul Gandhi In Modi Surname Case Gujarat High Court Upholds Rahul Gandhi’s Conviction in Defamation Case
The Gujarat High Court on July 6, 2023, refused to stay the conviction of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi convicted in defamation case over his remark on the Modi surname. The court upheld the lower court’s order sentencing Gandhi to two years in jail.
Gandhi made a remark in 2013 that defamed then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is now the Prime Minister of India. He alleged that Modi had used his surname to help his business associates get government contracts. A court in Surat, Gujarat convicted Gandhi of defamation in 2019 for his remark about the Modi surname.
Modi’s lawyers argued that Gandhi’s remark was false and had damaged Modi’s reputation. They claimed that the remark was defamatory because they made it in a public place where it could be seen by many people.
High Court Setback For Rahul Gandhi In Modi Surname Case
The Gujarat High Court’s decision is a major setback for Gandhi, who is currently the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s parliament. The conviction could also have implications for Gandhi’s political career.
The media has met the court’s decision with mixed reactions. Some people have welcomed the decision, saying that it is a victory for the rule of law. Some people have criticized the decision as being politically motivated.
The Gujarat High Court’s decision is the latest in a series of legal battles between Gandhi and Modi. In addition, in 2018, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by Gandhi seeking a probe into the Gujarat riots of 2002, which killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.
Rahul Gandhi has to face challenges
Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a defamation case is not the only legal case that he is facing. He is also facing a money laundering case and a probe into his alleged involvement in the National Herald case.
The Gujarat High Court’s decision is a reminder that Gandhi’s political career is not without its challenges. He will need to overcome these challenges if he wants to become the next Prime Minister of India.
Here are some additional details about the case:
- The defamation case was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in 2013.
- Gandhi was convicted in 2019 by a lower court in Ahmedabad.
- He appealed the conviction to the Gujarat High Court.
- The Gujarat High Court upheld the conviction on July 6, 2023.
- Gandhi has the option to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Political observers are closely monitoring the case, as they believe it could set a precedent for future cases. The decision by the Gujarat High Court is likely to have implications for Gandhi’s political career, as well as for the larger political landscape in India.