Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has denied Congress leader Rahul Gandhi any interim relief on his plea for a stay of conviction in the ‘Modi surname’ defamation case. Justice Hemant Prachchhak has reserved the decision on Rahul Gandhi’s plea for a stay on conviction, and he will announce it after the Gujarat High Court vacation.
As a result of his “Modi surname” statement, which caused him to be disqualified from running for office, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi filed a plea asking for a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case. as a Member of Parliament. The Surat court sentenced him to two years in jail under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code for criminal defamation in the case filed by Purnesh Modi, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sued Gandhi for defamation when the latter asked, “How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?” on April 13, 2019, at a political gathering in Kolar, Karnataka.
Gandhi’s lawyer argued that a maximum punishment of two years for a bailable, non-cognisable offence could lead to his permanent disqualification from the Lok Sabha seat, which would affect him as well as the people of his constituency. However, the court rejected Gandhi’s plea for a stay on conviction.
The court assigned Justice Prachchhak to hear the case after Justice Gita Gopi withdrew from it. The Gujarat High Court will announce the verdict on Rahul Gandhi’s plea for a stay on conviction after the vacation.