‘We have taken note of the verdict of first instance against the Indian opposition politician Rahul Gandhi as well as the suspension of his parliamentary mandate. To our knowledge, Mr Gandhi is in a position to appeal the verdict,” Germany’s foreign ministry spokesperson said during a press briefing
“It will then become clear whether this verdict will stand and whether the suspension of his mandate has any basis,” she added.
Responding to Germany’s remarks, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that India will not tolerate foreign interference in internal matters.
‘Remember, Indian Judiciary can’t be influenced by foreign interference. India won’t tolerate ‘foreign influence’ anymore because our Prime Minister is:- Shri Narendra Modi Ji (sic),’ Mr Rijiju said in a tweet.
Earlier this week, the US said that it continues to engage with the Indian government on a shared commitment to democratic values, including freedom of expression.
‘Respect for the rule of law and judicial independence is a cornerstone of any democracy, and we’re watching Mr Gandhi’s (Rahul Gandhi) case in Indian courts,’ US Department of State said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified last week as a Member of Lok Sabha (MP) over a defamation case.
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