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‘Modi Surname’ Defamation Case: Rahul Gandhi Refuses To Apologise

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has once again refused to apologize for the Modi surname remark. 

In this case, he had to lose the membership of Parliament due to a case related to defamation. 

Rahul has sought a stay on his conviction in the criminal defamation case from the Supreme Court. 

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, Rahul said that Purnesh Modi used derogatory words like arrogant for him in his reply only because he refused to apologise.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi aid the Supreme Court that he has always maintained that he is not guilty of the crime and conviction is not sustainable. 

The former MP also said that if he had to apologize and compromise, he would have done so long ago. 

BJP leader and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi had filed a criminal defamation case against Rahul Gandhi in 2019 for his remark that why all thieves have the surname Modi?

 This statement was made by Rahul on 13 April 2019 during an election rally in Kolar, Karnataka.

  • In his affidavit, Rahul said that using the criminal process to compel the petitioner to apologize for no fault of his is an abuse of judicial process. It should not be accepted by this Court.
  • The affidavit stated that the petitioner has always stated that he is not guilty of the offence. Conviction is not sustainable. If he had to apologize and compromise, he would have done so long ago.
  • Rahul Gandhi said his case was exceptional as the offense was minor and the disqualification as an MP had caused irreparable damage to him. It is, therefore, prayed that the sentence of Rahul Gandhi may be stayed, so that he may participate in the ongoing sittings of the Lok Sabha and subsequent sessions.
  • He claimed that there is no community or society named ‘Modi’ in the records. Only Modi Vanika Samaj or Modh Ghanchi Samaj is in existence. Therefore, the offense of defaming the Modi community as a whole does not constitute.

Earlier, BJP leader and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi sought dismissal of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s appeal in the Supreme Court against his conviction in a criminal defamation case. 

On Monday, Purnesh Modi told that Rahul had defamed all people with the Modi surname, especially those belonging to the ‘Modh Vanik’ caste of Gujarat. 

Purnesh Modi, the complainant in the criminal defamation case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, told the Supreme Court on Monday that instead of apologizing in the entire episode, Rahul Gandhi has shown arrogance.

 Let us tell you that Purnesh Modi filed a counter affidavit on Monday on Rahul’s petition against the stay on the punishment given in the case of criminal defamation.

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