Germany said that “fundamental democratic principles” should apply in the case of Rahul Gandhi, who has been disqualified from the Lok Sabha after his conviction in a defamation case.
“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.
The spokesperson said that Germany expects that “standards of judicial independence and fundamental democratic principles” will apply in the case.