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Surat Court Dismisses Rahul Gandhi’s Appeal

Ffith guarantee: Former AICC chief Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi‘s appeal for a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case has been dismissed by a Surat sessions court. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP leader Purnesh Modi over his comment about the “Modi surname” in 2019.

On March 23, a metropolitan magistrate court found Rahul Gandhi guilty in the criminal defamation case. As a consequence, the former AICC chief was disqualified as a member of parliament from the Lok Sabha on March 24.

Despite this setback, on April 3, the Surat District and Sessions Court granted bail to Gandhi against a surety of Rs 15,000 until the disposal of his appeal seeking a stay on his conviction. The additional sessions judge R. P. Mogera then announced that he would deliver the verdict on Gandhi’s appeal for a stay on April 20.

However, the appeal was ultimately dismissed by the sessions court, and Rahul Gandhi’s conviction for criminal defamation now stands. He would approach higher court seeking relief.

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