Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appeared before a court in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. The court framed charges against Gandhi, to which the Congress leader pleaded not guilty.
The court framed charges against him under Indian Penal Code sections 499 and 500 (defamation).
When civil judge AI Sheikh read out charges against him, Gandhi said, “I plead not guilty.”
The next hearing in the case will take place on August 10.
Gandhi arrived at the court in Bhiwandi at 11.5 am amid heavy security cover.
The court had on May 2, asked Gandhi to appear before it today to record his plea in the defamation case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014.
Kunte had filed the case after watching Rahul Gandhi’s speech at an election rally in which he had alleged that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.
Outside the court, Gandhi also dared the BJP and the RSS to slap as many cases against him.
“Let them (the BJP and the RSS) slap as many cases as they want against me. Ours is a fight of ideology. We will fight them and win,” Gandhi said.
(With inputs from PTI)