Rahul Gandhi granted bail in defamation suit filed by RSS worker

RSTV Bureau
Bhiwandi: AICC Vice President, Rahul Gandhi greets his supporters outside a court in Bhiwandi, Nov 16, 2016. Photo - PTI

Bhiwandi: AICC Vice President, Rahul Gandhi greets his supporters outside a court in Bhiwandi, Nov 16, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi appeared before a lower court in Maharashtra where he is facing proceedings against his alleged comment blaming RSS for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. While Rahul Gandhi was granted bail, hearing will resume in the Bhiwandi court in January 2017.

“I have come to the court to fight for Gandhiji’s ideology,” Rahul said after the court proceedings on Wednesday.

“On one hand is the ideology of freedom and on other is ideology of slavery… Those I am fighting against want to bend India so they can rule country,” the Congress vice president said.

Rahul Gandhi is facing proceedings over his alleged comments made at a 2014 election rally in Bhiwandi. The case was filed by a local RSS functionary.

The Congress party vice president was issued summons by the lower court earlier last year after it took cognisance of the case filed by the local RSS functionary. The summons were then challenged before the Bombay High Court, which backed the Bhiwandi court’s order and refused to quash the defamation case and summons.

As the matter reached Supreme Court, Rahul Gandhi decided to withdraw his plea expressing his readiness to face the trial instead.

Submitting an affidavit in the apex court earlier this year in September, Rahul Gandhi told that he stood by “every word” of his statement.

During the course of hearing in the Supreme Court, lawyers representing RSS worker Nandu Phadke had suggested their willingness to withdraw the case if Rahul Gandhi offered public apology over his alleged defamatory comments.

Rahul Gandhi was, however, firm in his stand and insisted on facing the trial in the matter.