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"Everyone should accept court's order...Satyamev Jayate in real sense," Purnesh Modi after verdict on Rahul Gandhi plea

Ahmedabad: With the Gujarat High Court on Friday refusing to stay Rahul Gandhi's conviction in a criminal defamation case, BJP MLA Purnesh Modi, who filed the complaint against the Congress leader, said that everyone should accept the Court's order and that is 'Satyamev Jayate' in is its real sense.
Gujarat High Court on Friday upheld Sessions Court's order denying stay on the conviction of Rahul Gandhi in the defamation case against 'Modi surname' remark. Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Rahul Gandhi over the remark in a Surat court.
"We welcome today's verdict by the High Court...He should think about it and not create such history," Purnesh Modi said answering a query.
Purnesh Modi's advocate Harshit Tolia said they also referred to Rahul Gandh's remarks where he had refused to apologise on his remarks concerning Veer Savarkar.
"We also placed on record a statement reported in newspapers wherein he (Rahul Gandhi) had said, 'I am not Veer Savarkar, won't say sorry'. The other side did not deny it. The court considered it at this stage..," he said.
The Gujarat High Court bench of Justice Hemant M Prachchhak said that the trial court conviction order is proper and there is no need to interfere.
"There is no need to interfere with the said order. Therefore, the application is dismissed," he said.
The court dismissed Rahul Gandhi's plea and noted that at least 10 criminal cases were pending against him and even after the present case, some more cases have been filed against him. One such case has been filed by the grandson of Veer Savarkar, the court said.
Earlier in May this year, Gujarat HC reserved its order on Rahul Gandhi's plea seeking a stay on his conviction in the 2019 'Modi surname' defamation case.
Rahul Gandhi had moved the Gujarat High Court on April 25 challenging the Surat sessions court order which declined to stay his conviction in the criminal defamation case.
The Surat sessions court had on April 20 rejected Rahul Gandhi's plea seeking a stay on his conviction in the criminal defamation case.
In his judgement, Additional Sessions Judge Robin P Mogera cited Rahul Gandhi's stature as an MP and former chief of the country's second-largest political party and said he should have been more careful.
He cited prima facie evidence and observations of the trial court and said it transpires that Gandhi made certain derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi apart from comparing people with the same surname with thieves.
Judge Mogera said the surname of the complainant in the case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Purnesh Modi, is also Modi. "...the complainant is [also an] ex-minister and involved in public life. Such defamatory remarks would have certainly harmed his reputation and caused him pain and agony in society," he said.
He cited the disqualification criteria under the Representation of the People Act and added that removal or disqualification as MP could not be termed irreversible or irreparable loss or damage to Gandhi.
Following his conviction by a lower court in the criminal defamation case, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP. He had been elected to Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala.
The lower court sentenced the Congress leader to two years in jail on March 23 under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in a case filed by Purnesh Modi.
At a rally in Karnataka's Kolar in April 2019, Rahul Gandhi, in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, "How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?".
Following the session's court verdict, Congress had said it will move the Gujarat High Court.
Reacting to the court's observation that Rahul Gandhi has had a history of making such
The lawyer of petitioner and BJP MLA Purnesh Modi, Advocate Harshit Tolia said that they also placed a record statement reported in the newspaper where Rahul Gandhi stated that he is not Veer Savarkar and will not apologise.
Harshit Tolia said, "We also placed on record a statement reported in newspapers wherein he (Rahul Gandhi) had said, 'I am not Veer Savarkar, won't say sorry.' The other side did not deny it. The Court considered it at this stage."
This comes after Rahul Gandhi while attending a press conference after his disqualification as an MP after his conviction in the defamation case said, "My name is not Savarkar, my name is Gandhi and Gandhi does not offer an apology to anyone".
At a rally in Karnataka's Kolar in April 2019, Rahul Gandhi, in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, "How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?". (ANI)

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