Surat court grants bail to Rahul Gandhi in defamation case

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been convicted by a Surat court on Thursday which sentenced him to 2 years in jail in a criminal defamation case over his alleged remark during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Karnataka’s Kolar wondered how come “all thieves have Modi as the common surname”. Rahul Gandhi was present at the court when the verdict was announced.

The Wayanad MP also got bail after the court pronounced the order after paying a bail bond of ₹10,000.

The Surat court suspended the two-year jail term sentence for 30 days on Rahul Gandhi’s plea to move an appeal against his conviction.

The case against Rahul Gandhi was brought by Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi. The final arguments in the case resumes in February 2023 after the Gujarat high court vacated the interim stay it had imposed on the proceedings in March 2022 on the complainant’s plea demanding the personal appearance of Rahul Gandhi.