In a criminal defamation case stemming from his alleged remark about the Modi surname, a Surat court on Thursday found Congress MP Rahul Gandhi guilty. The court gave him a two-year prison sentence.
Gandhi was found guilty under IPC Section 504. Under this section, two years is the longest sentence that may be imposed.
A Surat district court in Gujarat on Thursday convicted #Congress MP #RahulGandhi under IPC sections 499 and 500 in a criminal defamation case against him over his alleged 'Modi surname' remark in 2019. pic.twitter.com/ZNiopb9ftF
— IANS (@ians_india) March 23, 2023
According to a complaint made by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi, Rahul Gandhi was accused of saying “how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname” in the incident.
“Why all the thieves, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi, have Modi in their names,” the Congress leader had allegedly said during the rally.
Soon after the verdict, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter, where he quoted Mahatma Gandhi. “My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God, non-violence the means to get it,” he wrote.