Days after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was convicted with a two-year jail term in a criminal defamation case and got disqualified as an MP following the conviction, the new details are emerging over when he is going to move his plea to challenge and overturn the conviction as the given deadline by the court to evade the two-year prison sentence is running.
When a Surat court in Gujarat found Rahul Gandhi guilty last week in a criminal defamation case that was filed in connection to his 'Modi surname' remark, the court convicted him with two-year jail term. However, with the view of letting the Congress leader appeal, the court granted him a bail and suspended the prison sentence for thirty days. The verdict was pronounced last Thursday and the next day, he was disqualified as an MP under the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Though it's been a week since the court convicted Rahul Gandhi, there were no signals on when he will appeal against the verdict. He have been discussing with his legal team and now, he is ready to move the battle for the next step. A petition to challenge the conviction is ready and will be filed in a Surat sessions court soon.
According to PTI, the Congress party's top legal advisors are working on the review petition which will be filed before the Surat sessions court in a day or two. The party has asserted that it will fight the conviction both politically and legally and will take the issue to the public. Earlier, Congress party's whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore said that the BJP government has deliberately disqualified Rahul Gandhi under a well-planned conspiracy to not allow him to attend Parliament during the ongoing budget session.
Tagore further told the reporters outside the Parliament, "This is a totally false case and his disqualification has come to keep him away from Parliament. But, we will fight it both legally and politically." On Wednesday, when it was expected that the Election Commission will announce the by-election for Wayanad Parliamentary constituency in Kerala after its MP, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified, during announcing the election schedule for Karnakata assembly polls, the Election Commission cited that it was in no hurry with this regard.
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that the commission will wait until Rahul Gandhi exhausts one month time to appeal against his conviction. "There is no hurry, we will wait. There is no hurry to do it before exhausting that particular remedy which the trial court had accorded. We will take care after that", Rajiv Kumar added.