Rahul a symbol of freedom; party would do whatever it takes to protect that symbol: Salman Khurshid

Updated: Mar 29 2023 5:25PM

Rahul a symbol of freedom; party would do whatever it takes to protect that symbol: Salman Khurshid

Srinagar, Mar 29 (PTI) Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from Lok Sabha has increased his popularity and stature, making him a symbol of freedom for the country's people, and the party would do whatever it takes to protect and defend that symbol, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said here on Wednesday.

Khurshid, a noted lawyer, said the party will move the higher courts over Gandhi's conviction in a 2019 criminal defamation case by a Surat court and is hopeful of getting relief as the maximum sentence given in such a case "is unheard of".

"Never has the maximum sentence been given in a criminal defamation case. The maximum two-year sentence for criminal defamation is unheard of. We can hardly find cases where it was given, especially to an elected representative,” he said, addressing a press conference at the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee office.