New Delhi: In a big relief to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed his conviction in a criminal defamation case awarded by a trial court in Surat.
The court remarked that Rahul Gandhi’s remarks were not in good state, especially for a person in public life. “The petitioner ought to have been more careful in making speeches. The ramifications of disqualification not just affect the right of the individual but also the electorate,” the top court observed.
Rahul Gandhi, who represented Wayanad in Parliament, had attracted criminal defamation suit for his alleged remarks on ‘Modi’ surname while addressing a rally in Kolar in april 2019. BJP Surat MLA Purnesh Modi had filed a criminal defamation against Gandhi for the remarks.
It may be recalled here that Gujarat High Court had refused to stay his conviction in the criminal defamation case leaving him to knock on the doors of Apex Court.