Indian Congress Leader Jailed For Defamation

Indian Congress Leader, Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison in a defamation case.

Mr Gandhi was convicted by the court in Gujarat state over a comment he made in 2019 about the Prime Minister, Minister Narendra Modi’s surname during an election rally.

The Congress Leader had in 2019 said ”Why do all thieves have Modi as their surname? Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi.”

According to the BBC, Nirav Modi is a fugitive Indian diamond tycoon while Lalit Modi is a former chief of the Indian Premier League who has been banned for life by the country’s cricket board.

The case was filed on the basis of a complaint by Purnesh Modi, a lawmaker from India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party, who said that Mr Gandhi’s comments had defamed the entire Modi community.

Gandhi has been given 30 days bail and he is expected to file an appeal.