A notification was issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat that Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as a Member of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction, 23 March, in the criminal defamation case under Article 102 (1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
According to the law, Rahul Gandhi will be unable to participate in the election for the next eight years unless there is a stay on his convection as the law states that a person convicted of any offense and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years shall be disqualified from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison for defaming the Modi community by commenting “How come all the thieves have Modi as the common name? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out” during the 2019 Lok Sabha election rally. He was charged with defamation of a community by BJP MLA, Purnesh Modi. Rahul Gandhi’s sentence has been suspended for 30 days on his appeal to move his convection. The bail bond was Rs.10,000 as declared by the court.
After the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi his sister and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi gave her response by tweeting “Nirav Modi scam- 14,000 Cr Lalit Modi scam- 425 Cr Mehul Choksi scam- 13,500 Cr ….. Why has the BJP come to the rescue of those who looted the country’s money? Why is BJP running away from the investigation?…. For those raising questions on this, cases are brought against them…..Does the BJP support the corrupt?”