A court in India has found the opposition leader Rahul Gandhi guilty of defamation for a remark implying the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was a criminal.

On Thursday, the 52 year old Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison but was granted bail after his lawyers announced their intention to appeal.

The case stemmed from a remark made during the 2019 election campaign in which Gandhi, the leading face of the Congress party, had asked why “all thieves have Modi as their common surname”.