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congress leader Rahul Gandhi He was sentenced to 2 years in prison by a Surat court on Thursday in a 2019 criminal defamation case against him. The case was related to his controversial ‘Modi surname’ remark, which led to a case against him by a BJP leader.
Gandhi’s conviction resulted in his disqualification from the Lok Sabha, stripping him of his MP post on Friday. The move drew strong criticism from opposition leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav, besides top Congress leaders. However, the BJP welcomed the move as leaders Dharmendra Pradhan and Anurag Thakur termed it as “legitimate”.
But, did you know, this was not the first time Rahul Gandhi was in trouble because of a defamation case against him? In fact, the Congress leader has faced similar charges six times before, most of them in criminal defamation cases.
Here is a list of all the defamation cases against him.
- The most recent criminal defamation case for which he was convicted was related to his “Modi surname” remark, which he retracted. 2019 During a rally in Karnataka’s Kolar district. During a speech before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka, Gandhi made the remark, “How come all thieves have Modi as their surname?” The remark then sparked controversy, with many accusing it of defamation and caste bias.
- Another high-profile defamation suit was filed against him in the National Herald case. He got bail in December along with his mother Sonia Gandhi 2015 In the case adopted by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on a personal bond of 50,000.
- on July 6, 2019In another defamation case, a Patna court has granted bail to Rahul Gandhi. Addressing an election rally in Maharashtra, Gandhi had said, ‘I have a question. Why is Modi in the names of all thieves whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi? We do not know how many more such Modis will emerge.
- On July 12, 2019An Ahmedabad court has granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case. The case was registered by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank after they alleged that the bank was involved in a note-swapping scam during demonetisation.
- on July 4, 2019Rahul was granted bail by a Mumbai court in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. The case was filed for his remarks linking the murder of Gauri Lankesh to the “BJP-RSS ideology”. The bail was given on a bond of Rs 15,000.
- in November 2016Gandhi was granted bail by the Bhiwandi court in Maharashtra in another case filed by an RSS worker. In this case, Rahul Gandhi had allegedly said that the RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi. Even the Supreme Court reprimanded him for such ‘collective’ remarks, and ruled that he would have to face trial and prove his point in court.
- In September 2016, a Guwahati court granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in another defamation case by the RSS on a bond of ₹50,000. The case was registered after Rahul lied that in December 2015 he was stopped by the RSS from entering the Barpeta Satra in Assam.
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