Congress leader Rahul Gandhi suffered a significant blow on Friday when the Gujarat high court upheld the Sessions court’s decision to reject a stay on the conviction of his appeal in a defamation case over his remark about the Modi surname in 2019. The court stated that “the order is just, proper, and legal” in announcing the verdict.
According to the court, he won’t suffer injustice as a result of the refusal of a stay of execution.
“There is no reasonable ground to stay the conviction. The trial court’s order is just, proper and legal and there is no need to interfere with the said order. The disqualification is not limited to only MPs and MLAs,” the court said.
The court further noted that Rahul Gandhi is the subject of at least 10 active criminal prosecutions. The court added, “It is a well-established concept that the stay of conviction is not a rule but an exception to be resorted to in unusual situations.
“It is needed to have purity in politics. A complaint has been filed against (Gandhi) by the grandson of Veer Savarkar in Pune Court after Gandhi used terms against Veer Savarkar at Cambridge,” the court said.