NEW DELHI: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s plea will be heared by Supreme Court on Wednesday to cancel the defamation case lodged against him by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).
Rahul Gandhi had made a statement in 2014 during the rally in Bhiwandi, Maharshtra and asserted that members of RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi on January 30,1948.
Mahatama Gandhi was heard saying, “RSS people killed Gandhi ji. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhi ji.”
Rahul Gandhi denied of the criminal case in May 2015. On July 19, 2016, the Supreme Court said that indulging in 'collective denunciation' against an organisation is wrong. But the Supreme Court has told that he must face a trial.
The Congress vice-president has maintained that his statement on RSS' involvement in the Mahatma Gandhi killing was a historical fact and his counsel has asserted that his statement was within his right to free speech.
The case against Rahul Gandhi was lodged by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in a Maharashtra court for putting charges against RSS workers.
Kunte, Secretary of the Bhiwandi unit of RSS said that Congress vice president had told an election rally at Sonale on March 6 that "RSS people killed Gandhi ji".
Looking into the issue, the court has issued a notice to Gandhi and told them to appear before the court. Gandhi's lawyers had argued that complaint was motivated and malafide and deserved to be quashed.