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Rahul Gandhi disqualified from Lok Sabha over conviction in defamation case

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New Delhi, March 24: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha over his conviction by a Surat court in the criminal defamation case on March 23, 2023 over his ‘Modi surname’ remark.

“Shri. Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala stands stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction i.e. 23 March, 2023 in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of Representation of the People act, 1951,” a notice by Utpal Kumar Singh, Secretary General, Lok Sabha Secretariat read on Friday.

Gandhi was convicted on Thursday in a criminal defamation case for his “Modi surname” remarks and sentenced to two years of imprisonment. The court granted him bail and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal in a higher court. The case was based on a complaint filed by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi for Gandhi’s alleged remark wherein he had said, “How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?”

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