Justice Hemant Prachchhak, while reading out the operative part of the verdict aloud, stated that the sessions court order refusing to grant a stay on his conviction earlier is “just and legal”
The Gujrat High Court on Friday dismissed Congress leader Rahul Ghandhi. Observing that such stays are an exception, the court no injustice will be caused to Gandhi if the conviction is not stayed. It however added that the criminal appeal be decided on its own merits and as expeditiously as possible.
The HC was also told that the trial was vitiated, that the conviction is neither an offence of moral turpitude nor does it comprise a serious offence, as defined under various judgments.
The court also took into account that Gandhi is facing nearly 10 criminal cases, including a criminal defamation case by VD Savarkar’s grandson.
The court had heard the Gandhi’s petition against his conviction in April and May while the arguments were concluded on May 2.
The counsel stated that they will further challenge the High Court Order.