India court rejects Rahul Gandhi’s plea for stay on conviction | Politics News


The court in the city of Surat rejected a petition by the leader of the National Assembly to postpone the sentencing in a defamation case.

A court in the western Indian state of Gujarat has rejected a petition by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for a sentencing delay in a defamation case, raising uncertainty over whether he can. run in the election next year or not.

Gandhi is sentenced last month in a lawsuit brought by a state lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after comments made by the Congress party leader during a speech were deemed offensive to the prime minister. and others with the last name Modi.

The district court in Surat city sentenced Gandhi to two years in prison for his remarks in 2019 referring to two runaway Indian businessmen, both with the surname Modi.

At an election rally that year, the 52-year-old leader asked: “Why are all the thieves named Modi?”

Naishadh Desai, a parliamentary leader and lawyer, told reporters that the Surat court had not allowed Gandhi’s sentencing to be postponed.

“We will challenge the decision in Gujarat High Court tomorrow [Friday]. We have full confidence that the judiciary will uphold justice and save democracy,” he said.

While Thursday’s ruling is a setback for Gandhi, his prison sentence remains suspended until he resolves all legal challenges to the sentence.

Gandhi, 52 years old, loss of parliamentary seats in March after being convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for Modi’s comments.

The law governing elections in India provides for the disqualification of any politician “convicted of any crime and sentenced to prison for not less than two years”.

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