Invoking Gandhi, Rahul appears at Bhiwandi court

Rajat Kain

rahul_carWas it a symbolic, pre-planned or plain following of the procedures, the Congress party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi appeared before a lower court at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra. The young leader is facing a criminal defamation case for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The case has been filed by an RSS worker before this court in Thane district.

And this happened days after the Supreme Court stayed proceedings against him in the concerned defamation case. The apex court had given Rahul Gandhi a liberty even not to appear before the lower court. However, early this morning his team set the tone of the day by informing the press and general public that he’ll be presenting himself before the court in Bhiwandi. Tweeting from his recently launched official handle his office informed, “RG will be in Bhiwandi this morning to honour commitment to the trial court”.

Three hours later around 11:00 am, Gandhi presented himself before the Magistrate D P Kale. This was in line with the commitment given by his counsel to the court on the 30th March. The curious party workers and public at the court didn’t have to wait for long as the proceedings ended soon with the matter adjourned till 30th September.

After spending 15 minutes inside the court room, Rahul Gandhi came out and told the eagerly waiting press that he had come to honour the commitment given to the court.

“We respect the judiciary that is why I am here. I had made a commitment to the court. I am here to fulfil that commitment,” he said.

Raising the pitch to battle it out further the Congress Vice President added, “The fight which Gandhi ji fought is our fight. We will fight that and we will win”.

The Supreme Court had on Thursday stayed the proceedings against him in the criminal defamation case filed by Rajesh Kunte, an RSS worker, before Bhiwandi trial court for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice P C Pant had on Thursday clubbed Rahul Gandhi’s petition along with that of Subramanian Swamy and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in which they have also challenged the constitutional validity of the panel provisions dealing with criminal defamation.

Ever since his return from 56-days ‘leave of absence’, the young leader has been seen proactive with his 4 interventions in Lok Sabha targeting the BJP-led Union government and in particular PM Narendra Modi. He had also held padyatra and train visits to Vidarbha and Punjab, respectively expressing solidarity and support to the rain-hit and debt-ridden farmers, along with trekking in snow to Kedarnath shrine to pay homage to the victims of 2013 flash-floods.