New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday appeared in a Bhiwandi court in a defamation case over his alleged comment against the RSS on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
The court later given him bail on a personal bond of Rs 15,000. Former Union minister Shivraj Patil stood as surety for the bail for the Congress leader.
The next hearing is scheduled for hearing on January 30, 2017. The case against Rahul was filed by a local RSS functionary, Rajesh Kunte, over the former’s speech in Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014 in the run up to Lok Sabha polls.
During the rally, Rahul had allegedly claimed, “The RSS people had killed Gandhi. Bombay high court had last year declined to grant Rahul Gandhi any relief in the proceedings stemming from a private complaint filed in 2014 by an RSS worker who claimed that he had alleged that RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi. The defamation case was filed by RSS activist Rajesh Kunte.
The HC dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s plea to quash the criminal defamation case, but exempted him from a personal appearance before a magistrate in Bhiwandi.
Rahul then had moved the Supreme Court with a special leave petition (SLP) for permission to challenge the HC dismissal of his plea, but had eventually withdrawn his SLP.