Lalit Modi to take Rahul Gandhi to court in the UK
On Thursday, Lalit Modi, the former chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), announced his intention to sue Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India’s Opposition party, the Congress, in a UK court. This comes after Gandhi allegedly made defamatory statements against Modi in a tweet.
The dispute between Modi and Gandhi dates back to 2010 when Modi was accused of financial irregularities in the IPL. Gandhi recently tweeted a statement, in which he referred to Modi as a “fugitive” and accused him of being involved in financial irregularities in the IPL. Modi has denied the allegations and has called them defamatory.
In a series of tweets, Lalit Modi, who lives in London since 2010 after facing allegations of financial irregularities in the IPL, said, “I see just about every Tom dick and Gandhi associate, again and again, saying I am a fugitive of justice. Why? How? And when was i to date ever convicted of same. unlike #Papu aka @RahulGandhi now an ordinary citizen saying it and it seems one and all opposition leaders have nothing else to do so they too are either ill-informed or just vendetta prone.”
i see just about every Tom dick and gandhi associates again and again saying i ama fugitive of justice. why ?How?and when was i to date ever convicted of same. unlike #Papu aka @RahulGandhi now an ordinary citizen saying it and it seems one and all oposition leaders have nothing…
— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) March 30, 2023
He added: “I have decided to take Rahul Gandhi to court in the UK right away. I am sure he will have to come up with some solid evidence. I look forward to seeing him make a complete #fool of himself. #rkdhawan #sitaramkesri #motilalvohra #satishsharna all bag men of #gandhi family. Not to forget #naraindutttewari. How do u all have overseas assets. Ask #mrkamalnath.”
Lalit Modi also said that he could send addresses and photos to support his claims. “#Gandhifamily who have made it as if they are the entitled ones to rule our country. Yes, I will return as soon as u pass stringent liable laws,” he said.
Lalit Modi also said that nothing has been proven against him, adding that “What is clearly proven is I created the greatest #sporting event in this world that has generated close to 100 billion dollars“.
Last week, a court in Surat found Rahul Gandhi guilty and sentenced him to two years in prison in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Modi’s surname. The Congress leader, however, was granted bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to allow him to appeal the Surat court verdict.
The case was filed against Rahul Gandhi by BJP MLA and ex-Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi for saying “how come all thieves have the common surname Modi” while campaigning in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
A day later, Rahul Gandhi was suspended from the Lok Sabha following his conviction in the criminal defamation case. The Lok Sabha Secretariat also declared his constituency in Kerala’s Wayanad as vacant.
According to the Representation of the People Act, a lawmaker sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more shall be disqualified “from the date of such conviction” and remain disqualified for another six years after serving prison time.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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