New Delhi: A Surat court has sentenced former Congress President Rahul Gandhi to two years imprisonment convicting him in a defamation case. A petition challenging the judgement of the court has been prepared. According to Congress sources, the lower court decision will be challenged soon before the Sessions court of Surat.
Disclosing the information the sources added that an application will be filed before the Sessions Court in a day or two. The Congress said now the fight will be fought in legal manner. But the political war has also started with this fight.
It may be noted that earlier it was believed that the by-election to Rahul Gandhi’s seat in Wayanad, Kerala would be announced. But the Election Commission is also monitoring the legislative process, so it is not in a hurry to announce the by-election. Rahul Gandhi has time of 30 days to appeal before the higher court against the judgement. The court has also postponed the execution of the sentence till then.
Significantly, a Surat court sentenced Rahul Gandhi for two years imprisonment in a 2019 defamation case, as a result he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha last Friday. Subsequently, the Lok Sabha Secretariat also issued him a notice to vacate the bungalow allotted to him within 30 days. Rahul has assured to follow the notice in a written reply to Lok Sabha Secretariat.