Case Title: Rahul Gandhi v Purnesh Modi
A single bench judge Justice Hemant Prachchhak of Gujarat High Court refused to stay the conviction of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case for his remark “All thieves have Modi surname”.
The bench said “At least 10 criminal cases pending against him. Even after the present case, some more cases filed against him. Representatives of people should remain of clear character. One such is filed by grandson of Veer Savarkar in a court in Pune as accused used defamational (sic) terms against Veer Savarkar in Cambridge. In another case, complaints was also filed in a court in Lucknow”.
“In anyway, conviction would not result in any injustice to the applicant. The conviction order is just, proper and legal. There is no need to interfere with the said order. Therefore, the application is dismissed”.