Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha

Rahul Gandhi Disqualified | New Delhi / Hyderabad, March 24 (Maxim News): Senior Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from Lok Sabha, a day after a Surat court sentenced him in a criminal defamation case.

A notification from the lower House, signed by Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh said, Rahul Gandhi stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction, as per the terms of Article 102 (1) (e) of the Constitution and Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years imprisonment for his “why all thieves have Modi surname” comment he allegedly made during the parliamentary election campaign in 2019. The court suspended the sentence for 30 days, so that Rahul Gandhi can appeal in a higher court. The court has given bail to him on ₹10,000 bond.

Rahul Gandhi Disqualified

According to the Section 8(3) of the Representation of the People (RP) Act, 1951, which guides the disqualification of a legislator, the moment a Member of Parliament is convicted of any offence and sentenced for at least two years, she or he attracts disqualification.

Experts though have differing views on whether the conviction and sentencing means immediate disqualification or the Wayanad MP gets time if he appeals.

Rahul Gandhi is the second MP to be disqualified in recent times. Lakshadweep MP, P.P. Mohammed Faizal, who was convicted by a court in Lakshadweep in January, was disqualified. However, the Kerala High Court suspended the conviction and said his disqualification as a Lok Sabha member would no longer be valid.

Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha
Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha

The Law Ministry has recommended Kerala High Court suspend the conviction and said his disqualification as a Lok Sabha member would no longer be valid. (Maxim News)


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