Rahul Gandhi convicted in Criminal defamation case of 2019
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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has been pronounced guilty under sections 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code by Surat District court in a criminal defamation case. He has been sentenced to two years imprisonment {Civil Court, Surat (CC/18712 /2019; CNR Number: GJSR020203132019; Purnesh Ishvarbhai Modi versus  Rahul Gandhi}.

The Court suspended the sentence and granted him bail for 30 days allowing him to appeal against the conviction.  


The case pertains to Rahul Gandhi’s alleged ‘Modi’ remark. In 2019, he is said to have remarked “How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” Gujarat MLA Purnesh Modi had filed the complaint against Rahul Gandhi over this remark. 

The complainant Purnesh Modi has welcomed the judgement of the court.  

Rahu Gandhi has posted Mahatma Gandhi’s quote on the microblogging site in response to this development.  




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