Rahul U-turn: Didn’t blame RSS for Mahatma Gandhi’s killing

Rahul Gandhi Defamation Case

vice-president told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that he didn’t blame the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh () as an institution but only some people associated with the Hindu group for ’s assassination.

The comment came as part of an affidavit read out by Rahul’s counsel Kapil Sibal in the top court. The affidavit was filed in the Bombay high court as a response to a case filed against Rahul by an RSS member.

RSS worker Rajesh Kunte filed a defamation complaint before a Thane district court in 2014, alleging the Congress leader had said “the RSS had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi” during an election rally in Bhiwandi.

Rahul Gandhi was reported as saying, “RSS people killed Gandhi ji. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhi ji.”

In his complaint, Kunte said Gandhi sought to tarnish the reputation of the RSS through his speech. Following the complaint, the magistrate issued a notice to Gandhi, ordering his personal appearance. The trial court proceedings against Gandhi were stayed on May 7 last year.

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On July 19 this year , the SC ticked off Gandhi for indulging in ‘collective denunciation’ of an organisation and said it’s wrong.