The restoration of Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership was widely welcomed by leaders from Congress and the Opposition bloc INDIA.
Hailing the SC's stay on the conviction of Rahul, the deputy chief minister said that Friday was a historic day as justice was done with the Congress leader.
Rahul Gandhi should get justice and the Supreme Court has granted relief. His rights should be restored and our demand is that his rights should be protected," Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.
Sibal tweeted that the Supreme Court had agreed with his earlier explanation as to why the conviction was unwarranted and will not stand.
On the Modi slur, the SC observed that it was not in good taste, adding a person in public life is expected to exercise caution while making public speeches.
Supreme Court, in an interim order, stayed the conviction of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the criminal defamation case over 'Modi surname' remark.
It is now expected that the decision to disqualify the MP would be rolled back, and Rahul Gandhi's membership in the Lok Sabha would be restored.
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Using the criminal process to arm-twist him into doing so is an abuse of law, said Rahul Gandhi.
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Urging to stay HCs ruling, Gandhi in his plea has said, “If the impugned judgement is not stayed,” it would lead to "throttling of free speech, free expression, free thought, and free statement".
On July 7, the Gujarat high court had dealt a blow to Gandhi’s endeavour to revive his Lok Sabha membership as it refused to put on hold his conviction and a two-year jail term.
The court had previously declined to give an interim stay, stating that since the case had finally been considered by the court, temporary protection could not be granted in the interest of justice.
Following the verdict, Gandhi, elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala, was disqualified as MP under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.
The senior Congress leader had moved the high court challenging the Ranchi MP-MLA court order that had directed him to appear in person in a defamation case.
An order issued by the joint secretary, General Administration, said that the staff who have been serving as the personal assistant and driver for Rahul Gandhi have been relieved from their duties.
Gandhi, who is in the US for a three-city US tour, made the remarks in response to a series of questions from Indian students at the prestigious Stanford University Campus in California.