7 Jul 2023

Gujarat High Court's Order Today To Decide Whether Rahul Gandhi’s Disqualification As MP Would Be Reversed

The Gujarat High Court today on Friday will deliver its verdict on the review petition filed by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case over his 'Modi surname' remark. Gandhi has sought a stay on his conviction. 

On a previous occasion, the court had refused interim protection to Rahul Gandhi in the case and had reserved his plea under consideration.

In case Rahul Gandhi's conviction is stayed by the court, his disqualification as an MP could be reversed.

On March 23, 2023, Surat's magistrate court sentenced Rahul Gandhi to 2 years. However, he got bail 27 minutes after this verdict. The next day, on March 24, he was disqualified as MP.

Rahul had filed a review petition in the Surat court to stay the conviction but it was not granted. After this, Rahul Gandhi had filed a review petition in the Gujarat High Court on 25 April.  After this, on May 2, the High Court had reserved the decision in this matter.

If Rahul gets relief in this case, then his Membership of Parliament will be restored and he will be able to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. If this does not happen then they will not be able to contest elections for 8 years.

If his suspension is not stayed, Rahul Gandhi will have the option to appeal before a higher bench of the Gujarat High Court.

Currently, Rahul Gandhi stands suspended for two plus six years as a Member of Parliament.

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