On Gujarat High Court rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s petition, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it is not in Rahul’s nature to apologize.
The Gujarat High Court dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s plea in a criminal defamation case over his ‘Modi surname’ remark. The Bharatiya Janata Party welcomed the Gujarat High Court’s decision to dismiss Rahul Gandhi’s petition seeking a stay on his conviction. The party said that the Congress leader’s behavior in this entire episode has been irresponsible and arrogant. Addressing reporters at the BJP headquarters, former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that today’s decision is lawful, fair and autonomous.
On the decision of the Gujarat High Court, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that we want to ask the Congress why can’t you control Rahul Gandhi? Why can’t you train them to speak properly? The BJP leader said that if he had apologized in the matter, it would have been over. Insulting is Rahul Gandhi’s nature.
He said that if Rahul Gandhi considers it his right to humiliate people, then there is a law which will deal with him. The person who is insulted also has the right to approach the court for justice.
Rahul Gandhi’s petition rejected
The former Union minister said that Rahul Gandhi had made a comment in the 2019 election that why all thieves have Modi as their surname. Most of the backward and extremely backward people have Modi surname across the country and this was a grossly objectionable comment. The lower court sentenced him to 2 years, against which he went to the sessions court. He said that the sessions court granted him bail but did not stay him. Against this he went to the Gujarat High Court and his effort was to stay his charges and today the Gujarat High Court has rejected his petition.
Earlier, the Gujarat High Court dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s plea saying that the former Congress president is already facing 10 cases across the country and the trial court’s order convicting him is just, proper and valid. The court said that there is no valid reason to stay the conviction.
Criminal defamation case against Rahul Gandhi
Significantly, in the 2019 case filed by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Purnesh Modi in Gujarat, the Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Surat on March 23 convicted Rahul Gandhi under sections 499 and 500 (criminal defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Was sentenced to two years in prison. Following the verdict, Gandhi was disqualified from membership of Parliament under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act. Rahul Gandhi was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2019 from Wayanad, Kerala.
In fact, on April 13, 2019, during an election rally in Kolar, Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi remarked that why all thieves have Modi as their surname? The MLA had filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi over this remark.