Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader and Member of Lok Sabha representing Wayanad parliamentary seat from Kerala has been disqualified from the membership of the Lower House following his conviction in a case.

According to a notification issued on March 24, Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction on 23 March 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.

Apart from Rahul Gandhi, the copy of the notification has been forwarded to the Presidents Secretariat, Prime Ministers Secretariat, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Election Commission of India, All Ministries and Departments of Government of India, The Chief Electoral Officer, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and others.

Earlier on March 23 Rahul Gandhi was convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 defamation case for his comment how come all thieves have the Modi surname. 

As Rahul Gandhi did not apologise for the comment, his counsel had argued that the comment did not hurt anyone, not the complainant Gujarat Minister Purnesh Modi.