Modi Surname Case:
The trial judge has awarded the maximum sentence of two years in the case, the top court observed in its judgement, adding that it would not have attracted disqualification if the sentence was a day lesser.
Supreme Court Order pointing out that it would not have attracted disqualification as an MP if the sentence was a day lesser.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a criminal defamation case over his ‘Modi surname’ remark was put on hold by the Supreme Court today, which said that while his remarks were not in good taste, his disqualification from parliament would affect his constituents.
Rahul Gandhi had in April told a sessions court in Surat his conviction by a magistrate’s court in the 2019 defamation case was erroneous, patently perverse, and he was sentenced in a manner so as to attract disqualification as a Member of Parliament. He had said he was treated harshly by the trial court, which was “overwhelmingly influenced” by his status as an MP.