Surat Court Convicts Rahul Gandhi in Defamation Case over Modi Surname Remark- Two Years Jail Term Awarded- Bail Granted to File Appeal

On Thursday, a Surat court convicted Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case (Section 499 and 500 IPC) stemming from his alleged “Modi surname” remark.

The Court has punished Rahul Gandhi with two years Jail Term.

Rahul Gandhi was present at the court when the Judgment was delivered. Rahul also got bail after the court pronounced the order after paying a bail bond of ₹10,000.

The Surat court suspended the two-year jail term sentence on Rahul Gandhi’s plea to move an appeal against his conviction.

As per law as a sitting MP, he will not face disqualification immediately and he has 30 days to appeal against the order.

On a complaint filed by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi, the case was filed against Rahul Gandhi for his alleged “how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” remark.

According to the complainant, the controversial remark was made at a rally in Kolar, Karnataka, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and it defamed the entire Modi community.

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