Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party, has denied accusations made by the Bharatiya Janata Party that his party “pressurises” the judiciary. Gandhi was recently found guilty by the Surat court for making offensive comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, he has pointed his allegations at the government of India’s capital over the Gautam Adani controversy, questioning who invested Rs 20,000 crore in Gautam Adani’s company. Gandhi made this statement in response to reporters at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in the capital, where he had arrived for a meeting to choose the names of the next list of party candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections.
The BJP had criticised Rahul Gandhi for going to court and several other party leaders accused it of “pressuring” the judiciary. However, Gandhi arrived at the AICC headquarters with the assistance of numerous other party officials, including DK Shivakumar, Verrappa Moily, Randeep Surjewala, DK Suresh, Priyank Kharge, and Mohsina Kidwai. The voting will take place in Karnataka on May 10, and the results will be announced on May 13.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi and several other top party figures went to the Gujarat court earlier on Monday to appeal his March 23 conviction in a criminal defamation case related to his “Modi surname” statement. Rahul Gandhi was granted bail by the Surat court in Gujarat pending the outcome of his appeal in the defamation case. The dispute started on March 23 when Chief Judicial Magistrate H H Varma’s court found the former Wayanad MP guilty of slander and sentenced him to two years in jail for his statement on the “Modi surname” in Karnataka in 2019.