Rahul Gandhi Convicted In 2019 Defamation Case Over ‘Modi Surname’ Remark


Surat: In a major setback for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Surat District Court on Thursday convicted the Congress MP in the criminal defamation case filed against him over his alleged remark about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname.

Surat District Court sentenced Gandhi to two years of imprisonment. He was later granted bail by the court.

The court pronounced the verdict in the case for his alleged “how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” remarks on a complaint lodged by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.

Gandhi had made the alleged remarks about Modi’s surname at a rally in Karnataka’s Kolar, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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 in the four-year-old defamation case.

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