Rahul Gandhi disqualified as Lok Sabha MP after conviction in ‘Modi Surname’ defamation case


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from the Lok Sabha, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said on March 24 following court conviction over 2019 defamation case.

His disqualification as Wayanad MP is effective from March 23, the day of his conviction, the secretariat said in its notification.

In March 22, a court in Surat sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail in a defamation case, filed on a complaint by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi for his alleged remark, ”How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?”

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma, which held 52-year-old Gandhi guilty under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 499 and 500, also granted him bail and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal in a higher court. Gandhi can escape immediate disqualification as a member of parliament if the appellate court suspends the conviction as well as the two-year jail term.