Desh Ki Baat

Rahul Gandhi convicted for making remarks on ‘Modi Surname’ 

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi Convicted and sentenced to 2 years jail for calling PM Modi a ‘Thief’; 44 FIRs for making Anti-Modi posters

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was convicted on 23 March 2023 by a Surat Court and sentenced to 2 years in jail in a 2019 ‘Modi Surname’ defamation case. While approving the Congress leaders’ bail on a surety of Rs 15,000, the Court stayed the sentence for a month to allow him to appeal to higher courts.

The defamation case was filed by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi from Surat West for the alleged remarks made by Rahul Gandhi on April 13, 2019, at a Lok Sabha election rally in Karnataka’s Kolar where he remarked, “Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Narendra Modi?”

When the order was pronounced by Chief Judicial Magistrate H H Verma in the Surat Court, Rahul Gandhi was present inside the courtroom.  Gandhi was accompanied by several national and state Congress leaders. The Surat police had beefed up the security in the court campus to prevent any untoward incident.

Recently at a rally in Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi hit back at BJP for filing cases against him and asking him to apologize for his comments. Gandhi said, “BJP think that they are India. PM is one Indian citizen, not the entire of India, no matter how arrogant he is or what he thinks. No way an attack on the PM, BJP or RSS is an attack on India.”

He added, “I am not scared of BJP, RSS, or Police. No matter how many cases are filed against me or how many times you send the Police to my home and insult me, I will still fight for the truth.”

44 FIRs for making Anti-Modi posters 

In a separate case, 44 FIRs have been registered against the people who have made and pasted Anti-Modi posters all over Delhi. 

According to the Delhi Police, four persons are arrested among the 44 FIRs registered by them. The persons arrested include two printing press owners. Posters, including some seeking the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saving the country (‘Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao’), were found pasted on walls and poles in several areas of Delhi. 

The Delhi Police said, “The arrested person disclosed that he was asked by his employer to deliver the posters at Aam Aadmi Party’s headquarters and that he had made a delivery a day earlier as well. We have arrested two other men and further investigations are underway.”

While the Aam Aadmi Party called the arrests a dictatorship, it also asked why PM Modi is afraid of a poster. 

It seems that the opposition has started its campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections by targeting PM Modi. 

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Hasan Zia

A Media Professional with 10 years of experience in devising successful media strategies and leading a team of journalists. Professionally an Independent journalist and naturally a writer. Writes poetry, blogs and loves reading books across the genre.
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