News Nation Bureau , Edited By: Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 23 Mar 2023, 12:14:35 PM
About four years ago, Rahul Gandhi gave a controversial statement in Karnataka. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- Rahul Gandhi gave a controversial statement in Kolar, Karnataka before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
- He had said at the rally, ‘Why do Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi have the same surname?’
- After pronouncing the sentence, Judge HH Verma immediately released him on bail for 30 days.
About four years ago, former Congress President and Congress MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi was convicted by the Surat-Gujarat district court in connection with the controversial statement made on ‘Modi Surname Case’ during the election season. Is. The court sentenced him to two years in jail. However, Rahul Gandhi was also given bail for 30 days from the court itself, which means his sentence will remain suspended for that period. Significantly, before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi had given a controversial statement on ‘Modi surname’ at an election rally in Kolar, Karnataka. He had said, ‘Why is the surname of Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi (PM Narendra Modi) the same?’ BJP MLA and former minister Purnesh Modi had filed a criminal case of defamation against this controversial statement of Rahul Gandhi targeting PM Narendra Modi. On this, the district court of Surat convicted Rahul Gandhi on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi was present in the court while delivering the verdict of the district court, who had reached Surat today itself.
Rahul said – I only speak against corruption
The Surat district court, while giving its verdict in the Modi surname defamation case, held Rahul Gandhi guilty of defamation under section 504 of the IPC. This defamation case was registered against him under two sections 499 and 504. Last week itself, after hearing the final arguments of both the sides, District Sessions Judge HH Verma had reserved the verdict. On Thursday, after sentencing Rahul Gandhi to two years in the same case, the judge immediately released him on bail for 30 days. The court has given this bail to Rahul Gandhi to appeal in the higher court against the decision of the District Sessions Court. During this, Rahul Gandhi can also file a petition for permanent bail. While pronouncing the verdict, the judge asked Rahul Gandhi, ‘You have something to say!’ On this, Rahul Gandhi said, ‘I always raise my voice against corruption. I deliberately did not say anything against anyone. No one was harmed by my statement.
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Purnesh Modi had filed a criminal defamation case
On 13 April 2019, Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kolar, Karnataka to address an election rally. There he targeted PM Narendra Modi and said, ‘Why do Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi have the same surname? Why do all the thieves have the same surname?’ BJP MLA and former minister Purnesh Modi had filed a criminal defamation case against this controversial comment of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Purnesh Modi said that Rahul Gandhi has done the work of defaming the Modi community. His saying that the surname of all thieves is Modi, actually works to defame the entire Modi community.
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Surat court had reserved the decision last week
Significantly, this is Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Gujarat after last year’s Gujarat assembly elections, when he reached Surat on Thursday for the decision of Surat’s district court. In the case of criminal defamation of Modi surname, Rahul Gandhi appeared in Surat court in 2021. During that time, Rahul Gandhi had also recorded his statement in the Modi surname defamation case. In this case, the district court of Surat, after hearing the arguments of both the parties, reserved its decision last week and fixed the next date of the case on March 23. Rahul Gandhi had reached Surat from New Delhi on Thursday only to attend the proceedings of the court.
First Published : 23 Mar 2023, 11:13:52 AM
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