New Delhi:

Congress’s Rahul Gandhi has been asked to vacate his Tughlaq Lane bungalow, assigned to him as an MP. The eviction notice from the Lok Sabha housing panel came two days after his disqualification from parliament following the two-year jail term handed to him by a Gujarat court in a defamation case.

Mr Gandhi’s team said they have not received the notice, which came amid Congress assertions that Mr Gandhi will file an appeal against the Gujarat court’s judgment.

The eviction though, could be a technicality since as a recipient of “Z-Plus” security, Mr Gandhi is entitled to accommodation provided by the government, sources pointed out.  

Mr Gandhi was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison last week in a four-year-old criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname. He was granted bail by the Gujarat court and given 30 days to file an appeal. On Friday, he was formally disqualified by Lok Sabha.

During the campaign ahead of the 2019 general election, Mr Gandhi had apparently said, “How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?” A police case was filed shortly after on a complaint by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.

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