Surat: A Surat court on Thursday convicted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case filed in 2019 for his remark on ‘Modi surname’. The court has sentenced him to two years. However, the MP from Wayanad got bail immediately on a bond of Rs 15,000. The case has been registered against Rahul Gandhi for his remark in which he had allegedly said, ‘Why do all thieves have the same surname Modi?’
A complaint was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi against this remark of Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi, a Lok Sabha member from Wayanad, made the alleged remark at a public meeting held in Kolar, Karnataka ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Kirit Panwala said that the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Verma had last week heard the arguments of both sides and fixed March 23 as the date for pronouncing the verdict. The case was registered under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. Rahul Gandhi appeared in Surat court in October 2021 to record his statement