Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
Supreme court stays Rahul Gandhi's Conviction in 'Modi' Surname defamation Case

Supreme court stays Rahul Gandhi’s Conviction in ‘Modi’ Surname defamation Case

Supreme court stays Rahul Gandhi’s Conviction in ‘Modi’ Surname defamation Case

The Supreme Court of India on Friday stayed the defamation sentence against Rahul Gandhi. This is a significant relief for the former leader of the main opposition party, who was disqualified as an MLA due to the conviction. Rahul Gandhi had argued that the case against him was motivated by political motives.

With the Supreme Court’s decision, Parliament now has the opportunity to restore Gandhi’s status as a lawmaker and to pursue his case impartially at trial. This could open the way for him to potentially contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 elections.

Background

Gandhi, who used to be a leader of the Indian National Congress, was found guilty of defamation and sentenced to two years in prison in March. The reason for this was a speech he gave during an election campaign in 2019. The Congress party, to which Gandhi belongs, strongly criticized the sentence and claimed that Prime Minister Modi was using the courts to remove Gandhi from Parliament and silence those who criticized him.

Since then, as opposition leader, Gandhi has been fighting several legal battles in an attempt to get his sentence suspended, which would then enable him to regain his position as an MLA.

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