Rahul Gandhi defamation case: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (July 16) moved the Supreme Court after not getting relief from the Gujarat High Court in the defamation case. Challenging the July 7 order of the High Court (Gujarat HC), he said that if that order is not stayed, it will suffocate free speech, free expression, free thought.
The Gujarat High Court had rejected Rahul Gandhi’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case involving the Modi surname. In the petition filed in the Supreme Court, it was said that if relief is not given to the petitioner, he will lose eight years of his career.
What did Rahul Gandhi say in the petition?
Rahul Gandhi in his petition said that if the High Court judgment is not stayed, it will systematically, repeatedly undermine democratic institutions and result in suffocation of democracy, which is bad for India’s political climate and future. would be seriously harmful. The Congress leader rejected the complainant’s claim that his speech defamed people with the surname Modi.
“The people of Wayanad will suffer”
He said that he represents a Lok Sabha constituency and by punishing him on the flimsy ground of defamation, the people of the constituency were prevented from raising their voice in Parliament and participating in the democratic governance of the country. He said that by not staying the conviction and sentence, the people of Wayanad constituency would suffer irreparable loss by not getting representation for months.
Court of Surat had sentenced to 2 years
Rahul Gandhi was convicted in this case by the Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Surat on March 23 and sentenced to two years in jail. In fact, Rahul Gandhi had remarked during an election rally in Karnataka in 2019 that why all thieves have the same surname as Modi. Gujarat’s BJP MLA Purnesh Modi filed a criminal defamation case against him for this comment.
disqualified from membership of parliament
After getting the punishment from the court, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the membership of the Parliament. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Wayanad seat of Kerala in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Under Section 8(3) of the Representation of the People Act, a person convicted of any offense and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment shall be disqualified from contesting elections for the period of the sentence and for six years thereafter.
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