Soon after a Surat court granted bail to former MP Rahul Gandhi in a 2019 defamation case, the Congress leader on Monday said this is a fight against “Mitrkaal” to save democracy and truth is his weapon in this struggle.
Last month, Rahul Gandhi was convicted by a Surat court and was sentenced to prison for two years for remarks in which he linked prime minister Narendra Modi’s last name with two fugitive businessmen, remarking how “thieves” shared the same last name.
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Today, after hearing Former Lok Sabha member Rahul Gandhi tweet that “This is a fight to save democracy, against ‘Mitrakal’. In this struggle, truth is my weapon, and truth is my support.”
A Surat magisterial court had on March 23, convicted him in a 2019 defamation case. The 52-year-old former Congress president’s main appeal sought the setting aside of the Magistrate order, two additional applications seeking a stay on conviction as an interim order till the main petition is disposed of, and suspension of the two-year prison sentence as an interim order.
This afternoon Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. Extending their support to the convicted leader, chief ministers of Congress-ruled states – Himachal Pradesh’s Sukhvinder Sukhu, Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel, and Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot – were also present. Party veterans Abhishek Manu Singhvi, former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat and Jairam Ramesh, were also present to lend moral support.
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