Rahul Gandhi has pleaded not guilty in the RSS defamation case. Rajesh Kunte of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had filed a case against the Congress president in the Bhiwandi court which has framed charges under section 499 & 500 of IPC on Tuesday.
Today, Rahul Gandhi to appear in a magistrate court in Bhiwandi in a criminal defamation case filed against him for his alleged remarks against the RSS.
— Friends of RSS (@friendsofrss) June 12, 2018
According to Narayan Iyer, a criminal lawyer from Bhiwandi appearing for Rahul Gandhi, the court is likely to frame charges against the Congress chief in the 2014 case.
- The defamation case arises out of Rahul Gandhi’s alleged statement linking the RSS to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
- Gandhi’s alleged statement was at an election rally on March 6, 2014.
- Rahul Gandhi would appear in the Bhiwandi court near here at around 11 am.
On May 2, the court had asked Gandhi to appear before it on June 12.
On January 17, the Bhiwandi Court had ordered Gandhi to be present on April 23 for framing of charges against him for saying “RSS people killed Gandhi.”
Special treatment was given to Rahul Gandhi and his people.I am complainant and still was not allowed inside court without being frisked but Rahul Gandhi and his people went in without frisking despite him being accused.Police was biased: Rajesh Kunte,RSS #Bhiwandi #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/Gy7ZZAnTEp
— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
Earlier, Gandhi had not appeared before the court on April 23 and his lawyer had filed an application for exemption.
A summary trial is short and will be completed with just submitting the written arguments. We have sought for a summons trial which would go into the in-depth recording of the evidence. RaGa’s Lawyer Narayan iyer.
In September 2016, Gandhi withdrew his petition filed in the apex court, challenging the case and said he would face the trial.
His lawyer added, “The case relates to historical facts and hence, we need to rely on several documents and would like to record expert testimony as evidence.”
He expressed his readiness to face the trial after the top court refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him before the trial court.