An Indian court has found opposition leader Rahul Gandhi guilty of defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign speech.
Indian court rules opposition leader defamed Modi
India’s opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison after a court found him guilty of defamation for a speech in which he referred to thieves as having the surname Modi.
Gandhi was present on Thursday at the court in Surat, a city in Gujarat, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.
He was given bail and the sentence was suspended for 30 days.
Gandhi would appeal against the verdict in a higher court, the president of his Congress party said on Twitter, calling Modi’s government “cowardly and dictatorial”.