Modi Surname Remark: A Surat, Gujarat, court found Congress leader Rahul Gandhi guilty of criminal defamation in a case involving Modi surname remarks in 2019.
A court in Gujarat’s Surat found Congress leader Rahul Gandhi guilty and sentenced him to two years in prison on Thursday in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname. He was granted bail, however, and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to allow him to appeal the decision.
Purnesh Modi, a BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister, filed the case against Mr Gandhi for saying, “How come all thieves have the surname Modi?”
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The Wayanad Lok Sabha MP made the remarks while speaking at a rally in Kolar, Karnataka, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, targeting PM Modi because of his surname, which he shares with fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi.
Mr Gandhi arrived in Surat earlier in the day for the verdict and was greeted by top Congress leaders from Gujarat.
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Mr Gandhi’s lawyer, Kirit Panwala, said last week that the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma had finished hearing final arguments from both sides and was ready to render its judgement in the four-year-old defamation case.
“Truth is put to the test and harassed, but truth alone triumphs. Several false cases have been filed against Gandhi, but he will triumph over them all. We will obtain justice “Arjun Modhwadia, a senior Congress leader and MLA, stated on Thursday.