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Rahul Gandhi Case: Bail Granted in Defamation Suit Filed by BJP Member in Bengaluru

The case is politically motivated and Rahul is Innocent, stated his counsel

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Published on June 10, 2024, 13:14:00

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Rahul Gandhi, the prominent leader of the Indian National Congress (INC), was granted bail by a Bengaluru court in a high-profile defamation case filed by a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The legal battle has drawn significant attention across the nation, spotlighting the ongoing political tussles between the two major parties.

The case stems from comments made by Rahul Gandhi during a political rally earlier this year, which were deemed defamatory by BJP leaders. They claimed that Gandhi's statements tarnished the party's reputation and were part of a broader strategy to undermine their political standing.

Court Proceedings

During the court session, Rahul’s legal representative, Advocate Nishith Shetty, argued vigorously in his defense. Shetty described the case as "politically motivated," asserting that the allegations were unfounded and aimed at stifling Gandhi’s freedom of speech. "Mr Gandhi has always stood for truth and justice. This case is a clear attempt to divert attention from the real issues facing the nation and suppress a critical voice against the ruling establishment," Shetty stated.

The judge, after hearing arguments from both sides, decided to grant bail to Rahul Gandhi since this was a bailable section, providing relief to his supporters who had gathered outside the court in large numbers, waving Congress flags and chanting slogans in support of their leader.

Political Reactions

Following the court's decision, Rahul Gandhi expressed his gratitude to his legal team and supporters. In a brief statement outside the courthouse, he reaffirmed his commitment to speaking out against injustice and vowed to continue his political activities undeterred by what he described as “intimidation tactics” by the BJP.

"This is not just about me; it’s about the right to speak out against what is wrong. I will continue to raise my voice for the people of India and will not be silenced by such actions," Rahul said.

The BJP, on the other hand, maintained that the case was justified and not politically driven. A senior BJP leader, speaking to the press, remarked: "Everyone is accountable under the law, and Mr Gandhi is no exception. His remarks were damaging and untrue, and it is important for public figures to maintain a certain standard in their discourse."

Legal and Political Implication

The case is one of several legal challenges that Rahul Gandhi has faced in recent years. It underscores the deepening rivalry between the BJP and the Congress, with both parties frequently engaging in legal and political confrontations. Analysts suggest that such cases are likely to become more common as the country approaches the next general elections.

The granting of bail does not conclude the matter, as the defamation case will continue to be heard in court. The outcome of this case could have significant implications not only for Rahul Gandhi’s political career but also for the broader landscape of Indian politics.

Rahul Gandhi was released on bail on executing a personal bond of Rs50,000 with one surety for like sum. Surety was given by Karnataka Congress Leader DK Suresh. Surety is accepted as satisfied by the court after he had attached his property.

Broader Context

Defamation cases have become a notable tool in the political arsenal in India, often used by parties to challenge opponents' statements and actions. Critics argue that these cases can sometimes serve as a means to curb dissent and suppress free speech, particularly against powerful political figures.

Rahul Gandhi's legal battles highlight the challenges faced by opposition leaders in a highly charged political environment. As the Congress party prepares for upcoming state elections, Gandhi’s legal woes and the BJP’s counter-moves will likely continue to shape the political narrative.

In the meantime, Rahul Gandhi remains free on bail, ready to continue his role as one of India's most prominent opposition voices.

Next steps

The court has scheduled the next hearing for the case later this month, where both sides will present further arguments. The nation watches closely as this case unfolds, reflecting the intense political climate and the legal struggles intertwined with it.

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