Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on April 25 approached the Gujarat high court, seeking a stay on his conviction in the “Modi surname” case. This came after the Surat Sessions Court rejected his application seeking a stay on his sentencing. Meanwhile, the Congress leader has already vacated his official bungalow and moved out.
“We have filed an appeal challenging the Surat district court’s order,” Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer, Pankaj Champaneri, was quoted as saying.
The Surat Sessions Court dismissed his application in which the Congress leader had sought a stay on his conviction in the 2019 criminal defamation case on the ‘Modi surname’ remark.
Rahul Gandhi was also sentenced to two years in jail on March 23 under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in a case. His sentencing will, however, remain suspended until he exhausts all legal challenges.