Rahul Gandhi Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail Over Modi Surname Remarks
Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in jail for his remarks on the “Modi” surname in 2019. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal also shared that he disagreed with the verdict. The original complaint was filed by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.
The incident took place in 2019 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections when Rahul Gandhi seemingly targeted PM Modi and his last name by saying, “How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?” hinting that fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi have the same surname. Following the remark, BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi filed a complaint stating Mr. Gandhi defamed the entire Modi community.
A court in Gujarat’s Surat has now found Mr. Gandhi guilty and has sentenced him to two years in prison. However, he has been granted bail and his sentence has been suspended for 30 days allowing him to appeal the court’s decision. For the verdict, the member of the Lok Sabha visited Surat in the day and then went back to Delhi in the evening.