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US Watching Rahul’s Case In Indian Courts: State Department


US Watching Rahul’s Case In Indian Courts: State Department

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – A US Department of State spokesperson has said that Washington is watching Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s case in Indian courts in the wake of the latter’s disqualification as an MP following a defamation case.

During a press briefing on March 27 when asked if Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification was consistent with democratic values, the Department’s Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said: “Respect for the rule of law and judicial independence is a cornerstone of any democracy, and we’re watching Mr. Gandhi’s case in Indian courts, and we engage with the government of India on our shared commitment to democratic values — including, of course, freedom of expression.

“In our engagements with our Indian partners, we continue to highlight the importance of democratic principles and the protection of human rights, including freedom of expression, as a key to strengthening both our democracies.”

In response to another query if the US was still engaging with Rahul as the opposition leader, Patel said that although he did not have “any specific engagements to read out… it is normal and standard for us to engage with members of opposition parties in any country where we have bilateral relationships”.

On March 24, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as member of the Lok Sabha, a day after his conviction in the 2019 ‘Modi surname’ defamation case.

He was on March 23 sentenced to two years in jail by a Surat court in the case filed on a complaint by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi.

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  • rahul gandhi was a fading star to start with. he went with bharat jodo yatra to get attention. that’s all. he went to cambridge at the invitation of a pakistani
    and did everything to criticize India and praise autocratic china to please his hosts. He has absolutely no plans for Indian economy and only time he looks good is when he keeps his mouth shut. He should also answer question about his and his mother wealth and also his brother in law robber vadra who made 10000 crore in land deals in less than 4 years . He had 19 registered companies in 2014. why can’t he do the same now or kanti chidambaran, a ut grad who made 350 crores in consultancy and now on bail.

    March 28, 2023

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