2 Apr 2023

Rahul Gandhi Likely To File Plea Tomorrow Against Conviction By Surat Court In Defamation Case


NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is likely to file a plea on tomorrow i.e. on Monday against his two-year sentence by a court in Surat , according to sources.

In his petition, Rahul will request the sessions court in Surat to quash the magistrate court order convicting him in the defamation case. He will also seek an interim stay on the conviction till the matter is disposed of.

Rahul was disqualified from the Parliament after the court sentenced him to two years in prison over the defamation case.

Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Verma had convicted Gandhi in a 2019 defamation case, for saying ‘why do all thieves have the name Modi’, and sentenced him to two years in prison. 


Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha, a day after he was convicted in a defamation case by a Surat court. A notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat said he stood disqualified from the House from March 23, the day of his conviction. Rahul Gandhi has to now move a higher court and get his conviction stayed. 


Meanwhile another defamation complaint has been filed against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the Haridwar Court over his alleged comment during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in January this year where he referred to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as the ‘Kauravas of twenty-first century'.

This new case was filed by Advocate Arun Bhadauria on the complaint of RSS worker, Kamal Bhadauria, at Haridwar court in Uttarakhand under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The hearing in this case will take place on April 12.



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