Modi Surname Remark Case: Gujarat HC to deliver verdict on Rahul Gandhi’s plea on this date; Check it out

Gujarat High Court will be delivering its verdict on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case over his Modi surname remark.

On Friday, the Gujarat High Court will be delivering its verdict on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case over his Modi surname remark.

As per the causelist issued by the HC on Thursday, the court of Justice Hemant Prachchhak will deliver the verdict at 11:00 am. A stay on conviction would pave the way for Gandhi’s reinstatement as a Member of Parliament.

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In May, Justice Prachchhak, while hearing Gandhi’s plea, refused to grant any interim relief saying it would pass a final order after the summer vacation, which ended three weeks back. During a hearing on April 29, Gandhi’s lawyer argued for a maximum punishment of two years for a bailable, non-cognisable offence.

A metropolitan magistrate’s court in Surat sentenced the former Congress president to two years in jail on March 23 after convicting him under IPC sections 499 and 500 (criminal defamation) in a 2019 case filed by MLA Purnesh Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Following the verdict, Gandhi, elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala, was disqualified as MP under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.

Gandhi challenged the order in a sessions court in Surat along with an application seeking a stay on the conviction. While granting him bail, the court, on April 20, refused to stay the conviction, after which he approached the HC.

Purnesh Modi, MLA of Surat West filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi over his “how come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?” remark made during an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, 2019.