No interim relief for Rahul Gandhi from HC; Decision on the petition reserved! – Marathi News | Gujarat High Court reserves orders on Congress Rahul Gandhi plea seeking stay on conviction in Modi surname defamation case
Rahul Gandhi Defamation Case: The Gujarat High Court has not granted interim relief to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the Modi surname defamation case. Rahul Gandhi had filed a petition in the High Court against the decision of the Sessions Court. In the earlier hearing, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi made strong arguments on behalf of Rahul Gandhi. Following this, the court reserved its decision in this regard after hearing the arguments in the hearing held on Tuesday. It is said that the next hearing on this petition will be held after the summer vacation of the court.
A stay was sought in the conviction in the defamation case filed in the Modi surname case. Surat court has sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years in this case. After this decision, Rahul Gandhi had to lose the membership of the Lok Sabha. Rahul Gandhi had to vacate his government residence after his membership in the Lok Sabha was revoked. A stay was sought in the conviction in the defamation case filed in the Modi surname case. Surat court has sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years in this case.
Admit that you intended something else
The petitioner’s lawyer told the court that Rahul Gandhi has said that he is not afraid of punishment or imprisonment. Even if it is disqualified for life, it will not back down. Although Rahul Gandhi has declared such a stand in public life, the stand before the court is very different. You should not appear before the court with such two different roles. Either stick to your publicly announced position or admit that you intended something different, the argument went.
What was the argument in favor of Rahul Gandhi?
Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Rahul Gandhi, said that the alleged crime for which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been convicted and sentenced to two years in jail is not serious and does not involve moral turpitude. Defamation is considered an unforgivable offense here. Due to this, the elected person loses the right to represent the people. Rahul Gandhi will not be able to participate in the next sessions, meetings etc. Meanwhile, if the Election Commission conducts a by-election, Rahul Gandhi cannot contest the election, someone else can contest and win, but he cannot be defeated. But asking what if he is proved innocent after this by-election, he has said that this will also damage the government exchequer.
Meanwhile, Abhishek Manu Singhvi requested the court to protect Rahul Gandhi and grant interim relief. However, the High Court categorically refused to grant interim relief on the plea for stay of conviction. Also reserved the final decision on this petition. The court said that the decision on this petition will be given after the end of summer vacations.
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