The Lok Sabha has restored the membership of Rahul Gandhi after the Supreme Court of India stayed his conviction.
In a notification, according to news agency Current News Of India-CNI, Lok Sabha Secretariat said, “No. 21/4(9)/2023/TO(B) In continuation of Notification No. 21/4(3)/2023/TO(B), dated the 24th March, 2023, the Supreme Court of India has passed an order on 04.08.2023 in Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No. 8644/2023, staying the conviction of Shri Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala, which was ordered by the judgment dated 23.03.2023 of the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat in C.C./18712/2019.”
“In view of order dated 04.08.2023 of the Supreme Court of India, the disqualification of Shri Rahul Gandhi, notified vide Gazette Notification no. 21/4(3)/2023/TO(B) dated the 24th March, 2023 in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, has ceased to operate subject to further judicial pronouncements,” the notification reads.
Pertinently, Rahul Gandhi was convicted by a court in Gujarat on 23 March 2023 and sentenced to two years imprisonment for a 2019 speech made against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on defamation allegations related to his surname. He was disqualified from the Parliament after the conviction.
However, the Supreme Court of India stayed his conviction and allowed him to contest the next election and to be reinstated as an MP for Wayanad constituency.
He was reinstated as MP on 7 August 2023.(CNI)