Rahul Gandhi moves SC in defamation case against him filed by RSS leader

Rahul Gandhi has moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea for quashing a defamation case against him.

hidden May 07, 2015 10:36:42 IST

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea for quashing a defamation case against him for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi moves SC in defamation case against him filed by RSS leader

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi moved the Supreme Court in the defamation case filed against him. PTI

The petition, which is listed for hearing on Thursday before the bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra, has also challenged the constitutional validity of the penal provisions dealing with defamation.

Gandhi's plea, seeking to quash the complaint filed by RSS activist Rajesh Kunte before a magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra, was rejected by the Bombay High Court on 10 March.

It was alleged by the RSS activist that the Congress leader had said at a rally during last year's Lok Sabha poll that a worker of the saffron outfit killed Mahatma Gandhi.

In his complaint, Kunte, secretary of Bhiwandi unit of RSS, had alleged that Rahul told an election rally at Sonale on 6 March that "RSS people killed Gandhiji". He said the Congress vice president had sought to tarnish the reputation of the Sangh through his speech.

Following the complaint, the magistrate's court had initiated proceedings and issued a notice to Rahul directing him to appear before it.

The Congress leader then approached the High Court seeking exemption from appearance and quashing of the complaint.

Rahul's lawyers argued that the complaint was motivated and malafide and deserved to be quashed.

They argued that no case was made out against Rahul and the criminal proceedings initiated against him were part of BJP's election campaign.

The prosecution had opposed the petition and argued that Rahul can plead his case and lead evidence during trial before the magistrate.

The High Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition and refused to grant stay on its order to allow the Congress leader time to appeal against it in the Supreme Court.

PTI

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