Defamation case: Next hearing on Rahul Gandhi's plea fixed for August 4
New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi and the state government on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's appeal challenging the high court verdict that declined to put on hold his conviction in a defamation case over his "Modi surname" remark.
A bench of Justices B R Gavai and P K Mishra listed the matter for further hearing on August 4 and issued notices to Purnesh Modi, who had filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi over his "How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?" remark made during a poll rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, 2019, and the Gujarat government on Gandhi's appeal.
"The limited question at this stage is whether the conviction deserves to be stayed," the bench observed.