A court in Surat, Gujarat, has sentenced Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to two years imprisonment in a 2019 defamation case over a comment he made about the Modi surname.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma held Gandhi guilty under Indian Penal Code section 504, which deals in intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace.
What is the case?
The case was filed against Gandhi for his alleged “how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” while addressing a rally at Kolar in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Surat court holds Rahul Gandhi ‘Guilty’ in criminal defamation case over his statement insulting Modi Surname
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The case was filed under IPC sections 499, 500 (for criminal defamation), and 504 on a complaint lodged by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi. These sections invite a jail term of up to two years, a fine, or both.
Last week, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma concluded hearing final arguments from both sides and set March 23 to pronounce its judgment.
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VIDEO of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reaching Surat District Court today morning. The court holds him guilty in the criminal defamation case filed against him over his alleged ‘Modi surname’ remark. pic.twitter.com/988hRs4Cec
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Court grants 30 days bail to appeal
Gandhi was present in the court when the verdict was pronounced on Thursday.
Gujarat | Surat District Court sentenced Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to two years of imprisonment in the criminal defamation case filed against him over his alleged ‘Modi surname’ remark.
He was later granted bail by the court. https://t.co/qmGNBIMTaF
— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2023
While announcing the sentence on Thursday, the court also granted Gandhi bail for 30 days and allowed him to appeal the decision.
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