Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Source: The quint
Context: Recently Supreme Court put a stay order on Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a defamation case.
Background of the Case: Rahul Gandhi was convicted of criminal defamation for comments made during an election rally. He accused individuals with the surname “Modi” of being involved in financial fraud. A Gujarat BJP leader filed a complaint, leading to his conviction and disqualification from Parliament.
What was the SC verdict?
- The Supreme Court’s order has stayed Rahul Gandhi’s conviction, effectively nullifying his two-year sentence in a defamation case.
- Disqualification Nullified: His disqualification from Parliament was a result of the conviction. With the stay granted, there are no grounds for his disqualification anymore.
Once the Lok Sabha secretariat formally revokes the disqualification, Rahul can return to Parliament as an MP with his perks.