New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday withdrew his plea from Supreme Court for quashing of defamation case against him. Rahul Gandhi's counsel Kapil Sibal said that Rahul will not withdraw his words and was ready to face the trial in a lower court.
The case is pending before a magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra. The Supreme Court has, meanwhile, refused to give exemption to Rahul from personal appearance before Bhiwandi court in Maharashtra in the case.
On August 24, the Supreme Court was told that Rahul Gandhi had not blamed the RSS as an institution for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but the people associated with it.
On a subsequent day, Rahul said he stands by his comments and will never stop fighting the "hateful and divisive agenda" of the RSS. The Congress leader had filed an affidavit before the Bombay High Court, challenging the defamation proceedings against him launched by RSS worker Rajesh Madhav Kunte.
Kunte had said that Rahul, in his election speech at Sonale in Maharashtra on March 6, 2015, had allegedly blamed the RSS for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. The son of Congress president Sonia Gandhi is currently visiting his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and will be there till September 2.