Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s membership to Parliament restored

The Supreme Court, in an interim order on last Friday, stayed Mr Gandhi's conviction in the criminal defamation case over the 'Modi surname' remark.

Indian Parliament’s Lok Sabha (Lower House) Secretariat on Monday restored the membership of Rahul Gandhi after the Indian Supreme Court on August 4 stayed his conviction in the ‘Modi’ surname remark case.

The Congress leader who was disqualified from the Indian Lower House in March 2023 was reinstated as the Member of Parliament from Wayanad.

“In continuation of Notification No. 21/4(3)/2023/TO(B), dated the 24th March, 2023, the Supreme Court of India has passed an order on 04.08.2023 in Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No. 8644/2023, staying the conviction of Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala, which was ordered by the judgment dated 23.03.2023 of the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat in C.C./ 18712/2019,” an official notification issued by the Indian Lok Sabha secretariat read.

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“In view of the order dated 04.08.2023 of the Supreme Court of India, the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi notified vide Gazette Notification no. 21/4(3)/2023/TO(B) dated the 24th March, 2023 in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, has ceased to operate subject to further
judicial pronouncements,” it added.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

The Supreme Court, in an interim order on last Friday, stayed Mr Gandhi’s conviction in the criminal defamation case over the ‘Modi surname’ remark.

Upon reaching Parliament Housse, the Congress leader paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
He also updated his account bio on X (formerly known as Twitter) from ‘Dis’Qualified MP’ to ‘Member of Parliament’.

Congress leaders were also seen distributing sweets outside the Parliament.

The apex court issued notices to the Gujarat government and the complainant, in July, on an appeal of the Congress leader challenging the Gujarat High Court order.

The Gujarat High Court, had, in its order earlier, declined to stay his conviction in the criminal defamation case in which Rahul was sentenced to two years in jail by the Surat court over the ‘Modi surname’ remark.

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After his conviction in the case, Mr Gandhi was disqualified as MP from Kerala’s Wayanad on March 24.