Kochi: In a major relief for former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the Supreme Court stayed his conviction in a defamation case and restored his Parliament membership.
A court in Surat in Gujarat had on March 23 convicted Rahul for two years over his ‘Modi’ surname remarks made during 2019 Lok Sabha sabha elections leading to his disqualification from Lok Sabha.
Rahul’s plea to stay the conviction was rejected by the Gujarat High Court.
While considering Gandhi’s plea challenging the Gujarat High Cour refusal to stay his conviction, the three member bench of the Supreme Court said that “…the order of conviction needs to be stayed pending final adjudication.”
However, the Apex court noted that the Congress leader’s “utterances were not in good taste”.
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