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Rahul Gandhi gets 2-year jail term for Modi surname remark, gets bail for appeal, could lose his Parliament membership

A Gujarat court, Thursday, found Congress scion Rahul Gandhi guilty in the 2019 “Modi surname” defamation case.



Rahul Gandhi

A Gujarat court on Thursday found Congress scion Rahul Gandhi guilty in the 2019 “Modi surname” defamation case and sentenced him to two years imprisonment–the maximum sentence possible sentence under section IPC sections 499 and 500, under which the Wayanad MP was convicted.

According to reports, a court in Gujarat’s Surat city, convicted Rahul Gandhi under IPC sections 499 and 500 in a criminal defamation case against him over his alleged “Modi surname” remark in 2019 and handed him a two-year sentence. However, Gandhi was later granted bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days allow him to appeal the court’s judgment.

The Congress MP was present in the court when the verdict was announced in under IPC sections 499 and 500 of the IPC—which carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment.  

Rahul Gandhi may lose his Parliament membership?

Rahul Gandhi’s conviction and two-year prison sentence handed by the Surat court may lead to the former Congress President to losing his seat in the Parliament, according to a previous Supreme Court judgement.

The apex court on July 10, 2013 in the Lily Thomas v. Union of India case (along with Lok Prahari v. Union of India), ruled that any ruled that any Member of Parliament (MP), Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) or Member of a Legislative Council (MLC), convicted of a crime and handed a minimum two-year imprisonment sentence, loses membership of the House with immediate effect.

The Supreme Court, in its landmark judgement, had reverted on its earlier stance wherein convicted members held on to their seats until they exhausted all judicial remedy in lower, state and the apex court.

A Supreme Court bench of Justice A. K. Patnaik and Justice S. J. Mukhopadhaya, also declared as unconstitutional, Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed elected representatives three months to appeal their conviction.

What’s the case?

BJP legislator and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against the Wayanad MP for allegedly asking “how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?”, leading to an FIR against Gandhi under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 499 and 500 which carries a punishment with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both, are mentioned in the IPC.

As per the complaint, Purnesh Modi had alleged that Rahul Gandhi made the remark made at a rally at Kolar in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which defamed the entire Modi community.

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The final arguments in the case resumed in February 2023 after the Gujarat high court vacated the interim stay it had imposed on the proceedings in March 2022 on the complainant’s plea demanding Rahul Gandhi’s personal appearance in the court.

Gandhi’s lawyer defended that the proceeding was flawed from the beginning as the legal procedure under Section 202 of the CrPC was not followed and also argued that Narendra Modi should have been the complainant in the case as Purnesh Modi was not the target of the Congress leader’s speech.

Meanwhile, the Congress on Thursday put up posters outside the Surat court in support of Rahul Gandhi as he arrived for the proceedings in the defamation case.

The posters said “let’s go to Surat in support of democracy” along with pictures of Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev.

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah deletes post on reservation for Kannadigas in private sector after backlash from business community

the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.



Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday deleted his social media post on the reservation Bill, which reserves seats in groups C and D for Kannadigas only in the private sector, after backlash from the business community.

Announcing the Bill on X, Siddaramaiah said the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

The post further read, “It is our government’s wish that the Kannadigas should avoid being deprived of jobs in the land of Kannada and should be given an opportunity to build a comfortable life in the motherland.” He said that his government is a pro-Kannada government and their priority is to look after the welfare of Kannadigas.

Later after criticism from industry leaders, the Kartnataka CM deleted the post and then shared another post in Kannada that talks about giving reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.

Speaking to the media, Labour Minister Santosh Lad said the government is trying to introduce a law to give preference to locally available skills. He added that at the management level, it has been decided to provide reservations to 50% of the people.

At the non-management level, it has been decided to provide work to 70%, he said. If a particular skill is not available, people can be outsourced and they can be given work here. But the Government is trying to bring in a law to give preference to locally available skills, the minister further added.

In response to the government’s announcement about the passage of the Bill, industry leaders and unions voiced concerns that it would impede industry growth by pushing away skilled workers not protected by the quota. Nasscom, the apex body for the technology industry in India, stated that the Bill was “deeply disturbing”.

Mohandas Pai, a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys, also said that the government must focus on increasing jobs, training, and educating Kannada youth instead of driving away investment. Karnataka is India’s best state, adding that he said we should not destroy this. Pai termed the Bill as ‘discriminatory, regressive, and against the Constitution’ even as he attacked the ruling Congress for the decision.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy



Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea



Manish Sisodia

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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