Rahul Gandhi gets two year jail term for remarks against PM Modi, gets bail for 30 days

A Court in Gujarat’s Surat District Thursday convicted former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case for his remarks “why all thieves share the Modi surname” made during a public speech in Karol in April 2019.

The Congress MP got bail after the court pronounced the order after paying a bail bond of ₹10,000. As a sitting MP, he will not face disqualification immediately and he has 30 days to appeal against the order.

The senior Congress leader arrived in Surat earlier in the day and was received by top leaders of the party in the state.

The case against Rahul Gandhi was brought by Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.

Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer also argued that Narendra Modi should have been the complainant in the case as Purnesh Modi was not the target of Rahul Gandhi’s speech.

More to follow…