New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs hit out at Germany for comments on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a member of Parliament.
“We see comments from time to time by foreign governments on India. Germany is a recent example,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, referring to Germany’s comments on Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a member of Parliament.
Last week, Germany said that “fundamental democratic principles” should apply in the case of Rahul Gandhi, who was 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 in March.
The spokesperson added that Germany expects that “standards of judicial independence and fundamental democratic principles” will apply in the case.
Responding to Germany’s remarks, the MEA spokesperson said, “Not sure what they seem to achieve by such comments. India is not waiting for their views or validation, nor do such comments matter to the functioning of the Indian systems and institutions.”
Earlier, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju had said that India will not tolerate foreign interference in internal matters.