New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 5, 2023 23:49 IST
By India Today News Desk: A day after the top court gave big relief to Rahul Gandhi by pausing his conviction in a defamation case, Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Jairam Ramesh raised questions about neglect in the restoration of Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership.
Taking it to Twitter, Jairam Ramesh said, ” 26 hours after Rahul Gandhi was “convicted” by the sessions court in Surat, the notification of his disqualification as MP was issued. 26 hours have passed since the Supreme Court stayed his wholly unjustified conviction. Why hasn’t his position as MP been restored yet?”
Raising questions about whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is afraid of Rahul Gandhi’s participation in the upcoming no-confidence motion, which is scheduled from August 8 to August 10, Jairam Ramesh added, “Is the Prime Minister afraid of his participation in the No Confidence Motion?” Jairam Ramesh said in his tweet.
The tweet by Jairam Ramesh came after another Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, urged the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to reinstate Rahul Gandhi’s membership.
Earlier, on Friday, Chowdhury also met Birla requesting him to revoke Gandhi’s suspended parliament membership.
Speaking to the media, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “The speed with which Rahul Gandhi was disqualified should be the same as reinstating him. I called up the Speaker last night in this connection. The speaker suggested meeting him the next day.”
“As per his suggestion, when I called him up once again this morning, he told me to speak to the Lok Sabha Secretary-General and submit the documents to his office. The house should function and Rahul Gandhi comes back there. We are requesting the speaker to see that he faces no issues in coming. back,” Chowdhury added.
SUPREME COURT ORDER
The Supreme Court on Friday paused the conviction of Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case, noting several considerations and deficiencies in the handling of the case by the trial court.
In his order, the top court observed that while Gandhi’s utterances may not have been in good taste, as a person in public life, he was expected to have exercised more caution while making public speeches.
In its judgement, the Supreme Court also pointed out that the trial judge awarded the maximum sentence of two years to Rahul Gandhi but failed to provide sufficient reasons for this decision.
The court also criticised the lack of explanation, stating, “The trial court was expected to give some reasons on why he gave the maximum punishment of two years.”
Rahul Gandhi was convicted by a Surat Court on March 23, in the defamation case over his remark on the ‘Modi’ surname and sentenced him to two years in jail.
The case was filed after Rahul Gandhi said, “how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” at a political rally. Later, a complaint lodged by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.