Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on April 3, afternoon secured bail from a sessions court in Gujarat’s Surat in the ‘Modi surname’ criminal defamation case, in connection with which he was last month convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. That sentence had been immediately suspended and the ex-MP given bail to allow him time to lodge this appeal. The court today extended Rahul Gandhi’s bail till April 13 – the next date of hearing – and continued the hold on his sentence, offering the embattled Congress leader major relief.
“We are confident the appeals court will appreciate blatant errors of (the) trial court and do justice expeditiously,” Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Singhvi, the Congress leader supervising Rahul Gandhi’s legal team, said earlier in the day.
Last month the court in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat held Gandhi guilty of defamation over a remark made before the 2019 election.