Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s stay order on the conviction of Congress top gun Rahul Gandhi in the ‘Modi Surname’ criminal defamation case filed in 2019.
MPCC maintained that the Indian democratic principles had been on the decline ever since BJP's ascension to power but the apex court’s verdict rekindled the torch of justice and Indian democracy.
Speaking to the media at Congress Bhavan, Imphal, MPCC president K Meghachandra stated that the apex court’s decision to stay the conviction of Rahul Gandhi highlighted the court’s stance to protect truth and justice in the country.
“Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the conviction verdict given by the Surat sessions court in 2019 is a monumental achievement for the Indian democratic principles; the present government has been on a rampage to suppress the various institutions under its belt but the SC’s verdict has showcased truth and justice was still alive and well in India,” he said.
It may be mentioned that criminal defamation was filed against Rahul Gandhi in 2019 over an alleged derogatory remark he made during a political rally in April 2019.
In regards to Manipur, Meghachandra asserted that Rahul Gandhi had been closely monitoring the Manipur turmoil and had always stood in solidarity with the people of Manipur during the crisis.
“Rahul Gandhi has on various occasions expressed his concern for the people of the state and has stood for justice for the people who have been affected by the crisis,” he added.
He exuded confidence that Rahul Gandhi along with the other opposition MPs would strive to usher peace and development in Manipur and properly disseminate his role as a parliamentarian to draw the attention of the entire house on Manipur.
“Even now the Opposition is demanding the Ruling to start speaking on the Manipur issue at the parliament. Not only them but the entire country is wondering what the double engine government is doing to resolve the Manipur crisis,” he stated.