Defamation: Opposition Leader jailed two years


A local court in the western Indian state of Gujarat, on Thursday, sentenced the country’s main opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi, to two years in prison in a criminal defamation case.

The court convicted Gandhi for his 2019 comments made during an election rally about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname.

Gandhi was in court when the judge delivered the verdict.

However, he was not jailed immediately but has been given bail for 30 days and can file an appeal against his sentence during this period.

Gandhi had during an election rally in Karnataka state ahead of the 2019 general election, targeted Modi over his last name which he shares with fugitive businessman, Nirav Modi and former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi saying “how come all thieves have a common surname, Modi?”

Gandhi’s party Indian National Congress said that he would file an appeal. 


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