Ahmedabad: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has moved the Gujarat High Courechal- longing the Surat Sessions court verdict that rejected his plea seeking a stay on his conviction in the 2019 criminal defamation case over the ‘Mo- di surname’ remark.
The hearing in the case is likely this week.
A Surat court on April 20 rejected Rahul Gandhi’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in the 2019 criminal deaf- motion case.
In his judgement, Additional sessions judge Robin P Modera had cited Gandhi’s stature as an MP and former chief of the country’s second- largest political party and said he should have been more careful. He cited prima facie evidence and observations of the trial court and said it Tran- spires that Gandhi made certain derogatory remarks against PM Modi apart from comparing people with the same surname with thieves.
Modera said the surname of the complainant in the case, BJP lawmaker Prunes Modi, is also Modi. “…the complainant is [also an] ex- minister and involved in public life and such defamatory remarks would have certainly harmed his reputation and caused him pain and agony in society,” he said.