In a significant legal development, the MP-MLA court in UP's Sultanpur has summoned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for a hearing on Dec 16 in a defamation case initiated by BJP leader Vijay Mishra. The case, dating back to 2018, alleges that Gandhi made objectionable comments against party leader Amit Shah during a press conference in Bengaluru, as reported by PTI
Santosh Pandey, the lawyer representing petitioner Vijay Mishra, confirmed that MP-MLA court judge Yogesh Yadav had already heard the matter on Nov 18, fixing Monday as the next hearing date. On Monday, Judge Yadav officially summoned Rahul Gandhi in connection to the case.
It's worth noting that Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary membership has been revoked due to his conviction and sentencing by a local court in Surat. The Lok Sabha Secretariat issued a notification on Friday, stating Rahul's disqualification from Lok Sabha membership since March 23, 2023, in accordance with Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India and Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
In a separate defamation case on July 6, 2019, Rahul Gandhi was granted bail by a Patna court. This case, filed by a BJP leader, stemmed from his comments alleging, "all Modis are thieves."