New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was sentenced to two years in jail in the Modi defamation case, has appealed in the Supreme Court.
On the 7th, the Gujarat High Court rejected Rahul Gandhi’s request to stay the sentence awarded by the Surat court in the case of defaming Modi’s name during the election campaign.
The background of the Modi name case? – Speaking at the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign in Kolar, Karnataka, former Congress leader and Kerala’s Wayanad Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi said, “Why do all thieves’ names end up being Modi?” He criticized that. In this regard, Gujarat BJP MLA Burnesh Modi filed a criminal defamation case in the Surat Metropolitan Magistrate Court. Rahul was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. Subsequently, Rahul’s MP Disqualified.
Subsequently, Rahul Gandhi appealed to the Gujarat High Court seeking a stay on the jail sentence. When the case came up for hearing last time, it was argued that “Due to the two-year jail sentence imposed on Rahul Gandhi, he has been disqualified from the post of MP. If an injunction is not granted against this sentence, it will harm Rahul Gandhi and the parliamentary constituency that elected him.”
The Gujarat High Court, which heard the case when it came up for rehearing, refused to grant an interim stay on Rahul Gandhi’s two-year jail sentence. Further, it was ordered that the final verdict in the case will be delivered after the summer vacation of the court.
In this case, Judge Hemant Prachak, who gave judgment in this case, confirmed the decision of the Sheshan court and refused to stay the order issued on March 23. He also said, “Apart from this case, there are some other cases against him. A grandson of Veerchavarkar has also filed a case against him. However, there is no injustice in the punishment. He is seeking a stay for completely non-existent reasons. Suspension of punishment is not the rule. It is the exception.” Surat Sheshan Court and Gujarat High Court dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s appeal. As expected, Rahul Gandhi has approached the Supreme Court.
Filing of Caveat Petition: Meanwhile, Burnesh Modi has filed a caveat petition asking that if Rahul Gandhi or on his behalf appeals against the Gujarat High Court judgment, his side’s arguments should also be considered.