New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been summoned by Kamrup Metropolitan court (Assam) in connection with a defamation case for his remark against RSS. He has to appear before the Court on September 29.
An RSS volunteer Anjan Bora had filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi in the court claiming he had tarnished the organization's image by saying he was not allowed by its members to enter Barpeta Satra, a 16th century Vaishnavite monastery, in Assam on December 12, 2015.
Bora's counsel Bijon Mahajan said, "The court has summoned Rahul Gandhi as an accused to appear before the court on September 29." Bora alleged in his petition that Gandhi was supposed to go to the Satra but he did not do so and instead took part in a padayatra.
Earlier in July, the Supreme Court observed that Rahul Gandhi, who blamed RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, should not have resorted to "collective denunciation" of an organisation and will have to face trial in the defamation case against him if he does not express regret.
"We have held it may be historically correct but the fact or the statement has to meet the test of public good. You can't make collective denunciation," a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and RF Nariman said.