Cong hails SC judgement staying Rahul's conviction in 'Modi surname' defamation case

Cong hails SC judgement staying Rahul's conviction in 'Modi surname' defamation case

New Delhi, Aug 4: After the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the conviction of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in 'Modi surname' defamation case, the grand old party hailed the judgement saying "no force can silence the voice of the people".

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh in a tweet said, "The Supreme Court judgment is a strong vindication of truth and justice. Despite the relentless efforts of the BJPs machinery, Rahul Gandhi has refused to bend, break or bow, choosing instead to place his faith in the judicial process."

"Let this be a lesson to the BJP and its acolytes: you can do your absolute worst but we will not back down. We will continue to expose and call out your failures as a Government and as a party. We will continue to uphold our Constitutional ideals and repose faith in our institutions which you so desperately want to destroy," Ramesh added. 

Congress general secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal hailed the decision and in a tweet said, "We welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict staying Rahul Gandhi ji’s conviction. Justice has prevailed. No force can silence the voice of the people."

Randeep Singh Surjewala, the Congress general secretary, also hailed the judgement and said, "Justice has prevailed. The roar of truth will be heard again in the halls of democracy. Satyamev Jayate."

In a big win for Rahul Gandhi, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed conviction of the former Congress President in the ‘Modi surname' defamation case, which cost him his Lok Sabha membership, saying that no reasons were given by the trial judge for imposing the maximum punishment of two years in the case. 

Party leader and noted lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior advocates Rajinder Cheema, Harin Raval, and advocates Tarannum Cheema, and Prasanna Advocates appeared for Rahul Gandhi. 

Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as an MP in March, after a Surat court convicted him and sentenced him to two years in prison for his "How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname" remark made during an election rally in Karnataka in April 2019. Gandhi's remark was interpreted as an attempt to draw an implicit connection between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi.

In March, the sessions court in Surat had dismissed Gandhi's plea seeking suspension of his conviction by the magistrate court, stating that his disqualification will not result in an irreversible loss to him. The Congress leader was disqualified under a rule that bars convicted MPs from holding Lok Sabha membership. 

According to legal experts, after the stay has been granted by the top court on Rahul Gandhi's conviction, it will be sufficient to restore his Lok Sabha membership.

(The content of this article is sourced from a news agency and has not been edited by the ap7am team.)

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