Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment for the speech by the Gujrat District Court in Surat for his Modi remarks. The sentence news can jeopardize his career as a Member of Parliament as per the present laws that are in force. The verdict has been announced by the District Court in Surat on the remarks made by Rahul Gandhi on Modi during the 2019 election campaign.
Rahul Gandhi verdict by Court
The sentence precedes the defamation case filed by a BJP MLA due to the derogatory comments made by Rahul Gandhi during the 2019 election campaign in Kolar, Karnataka where he said, “How come all thieves have the Modi surname?”
Chief judicial magistrate HH Varma, who held Rahul Gandhi guilty of criminal defamation under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC, granted him bail against a bond of Rs 15,000 and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal the verdict in a higher court. Sources in Delhi said that at a late-evening huddle, legal experts advised Rahul to appeal against the setback in the sessions court at Surat.
Legal options available for Rahul Gandhi
Legal experts confirm that there might not be too many options left for Rahul Gandhi to be exercised even though he has been granted bail on a personal bond of Rs. 15,000/- and has suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal in higher courts.
However, the appeal option left for him may not be enough to save him from the prison sentence as well as contesting elections under the provisions of the Representation of people’s Act which says that if a person is proven to be or accused of criminal charges, the same person would be disqualified from contesting elections.
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer had however pleaded for a much lighter sentence saying that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone with his words and argued that since the repercussions have also not been too intense, hence, he can be pardoned.
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