torsdag 23. mars 2023

Two-year jail for India's Congress leader for defamation

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison by a local court in a criminal defamation case. Mr Gandhi was convicted by the court in Gujarat state for his 2019 comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname during an election rally. He will not go to jail immediately - he has been given bail for 30 days and can file an appeal against the order. The Congress party MP was in the court when the judge delivered the order.

Speaking at an election rally in Karnataka state ahead of the 2019 general election, Mr Gandhi had asked why all thieves have 'Modi' as a common surname - according to media reports from the time, he was referring to fugitive diamond tycoon Nirav Modi and former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi.