19-May-2024  Srinagar booked.net

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After Conviction, Parliament Disqualifies Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi: Former Congress Chief, Mr. Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) as a member of the parliament after the Gujarat Court convicted him in a defamation case and awarded him a two-year jail term over his “why all thieves have Modi surname” comment.

However, the court suspended the sentence for 30 days and he was given bail on ₹10,000 bond. 

In a notification, the Lok Sabha secretariat said that Rahul Gandhi, a member of the Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad parliamentary constituency of Kerala stands disqualified from the date of his conviction under provisions of article 102 (1) (e) of the Indian constitution

Mr. Gandhi made remarks during the campaigning for the 2019 parliamentary polls.

The criminal defamation case was filed against him by BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MLA (Member of Legislative assembly) Purnesh Modi, who was earlier president of the BJP unit of Gujarat’s capital, Surat.

In his complaint, Mr. Purnesh Modi said that Mr. Gandhi while addressing a poll rally in 2019 in Karnataka defamed the entire Modi community with his remark, “How come all the thieves have Modi as the surname?”

While convicting congress-Nehru scion, the Gujarat court awarded the maximum sentence prescribed under the Sections he had been charged. 

“Rahul Gandhi has been previously advised by the Supreme Court to be careful about his statements but there is no change in his conduct. Rahul Gandhi is a sitting MP and as an MP, when you’re addressing the public, it is a serious issue,” the court observed in the judgment.

“Statements of MPs have a very wide impact and this makes his crime more serious,” the court said.