EXPLAINED: What is the Defamation Case Against Rahul Gandhi?
Rahul Gandhi Defamation Case: Rahul Gandhi, a Congress leader, was found guilty today in a 2019 defamation lawsuit and given a two-year prison term for comments he made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's last name.
Justice served. In 2019, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, made derogatory remarks against people with Modi surname and insulted the OBC community.— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) March 23, 2023
Court has sentenced him to two years in jail. #surat pic.twitter.com/bbsretg9ss
Key Points in the Rahul Gandhi Defamation Case
The Surat court in Gujarat, which found Mr. Gandhi guilty, also granted him bail for 30 days so he could challenge the decision.
The case relates to statements made by Mr. Gandhi on April 13, 2019, just before the Lok Sabha elections, at a rally in Kolar, Karnataka. He had allegedly said, "How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?"
Purnesh Modi, a former Gujarat minister and member of the BJP, filed a complaint alleging that Mr. Gandhi's remark defamed the entire Modi community.
Final arguments from both sides were heard last week, and Mr. Gandhi's lawyer Kirit Panwala had stated that the judgement would be announced on March 23. In order to record his statement, Mr. Gandhi last appeared before the Surat court in October 2021.
The verdict would be announced on March 23 according to Mr. Gandhi's lawyer Kirit Panwala, whose final arguments from both sides were heard last week. Mr. Gandhi last appeared before the Surat court in October 2021 to record his statement.