Mumbai: Rahul Gandhi to attend proceedings in defamation case by RSS on Wednesday

Rahul Gandhi is expected to attend the proceedings in a court in Bhiwandi, on Wednesday in a criminal defamation case filed against him for claiming, at a 2014 election rally, that the RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi.

PTI November 14, 2016 19:19:30 IST
Mumbai: Rahul Gandhi to attend proceedings in defamation case by RSS on Wednesday

Mumbai: Rahul Gandhi is expected to attend the proceedings in a court in Bhiwandi, on Wednesday in a criminal defamation case filed against him for claiming, at a 2014 election rally, that the RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi.

The case against the Congress vice president was filed by a local RSS functionary.

Rahul, who is scheduled to arrive in the city on Tuesday evening, will proceed to Bhiwandi in neighbouring Thane district on Wednesday morning to attend the court proceedings beginning at 10 am, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said.

"Since our leader is arriving in the city, the party workers will welcome him at the airport," he said.

Mumbai Rahul Gandhi to attend proceedings in defamation case by RSS on Wednesday

Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Addressing a rally in the run-up to the 2014 general elections in the powerloom town on the outskirts of Mumbai, Rahul had claimed, "The RSS people had killed Gandhi."

He had, on 1 September, preferred to face the trial as an accused in the defamation case for his remark against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, submitting before the Supreme Court that he stood by "every word" of his statement.

The Congress vice president expressed his readiness to face the trial after the apex court refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him before the trial court.

Rahul then withdrew the appeal filed by him against the Bombay High Court judgment refusing to quash the defamation case and summons issued to him by the trial court.

The apex court also declined Rahul's plea that he be exempted from personal appearance before the Bhiwandi court which had taken cognizance of the complaint of an RSS functionary by summoning him as an accused in the case.

Updated Date:

also read

Ongole girl enters Guinness World Records with largest coffee painting of Mahatma Gandhi
India

Ongole girl enters Guinness World Records with largest coffee painting of Mahatma Gandhi

The painting measures 156.5 square meters and was made in 33 hours, between 7 to 9 May, 2019

Why Gandhi siblings’ desperate temple runs fail to strike a chord with masses
Politics

Why Gandhi siblings’ desperate temple runs fail to strike a chord with masses

For all her ‘connect with the people’, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s ‘Hinduism’ is even more farcical than Rahul Gandhi’s

Congress may hold CWC by month-end to discuss internal issues, say sources
India

Congress may hold CWC by month-end to discuss internal issues, say sources

Even though no date has been set, the sources said the CWC, the party's apex decision-making body, may meet this month to discuss the internal matters of the party.