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Didn't blame RSS for killing Mahatma Gandhi: Rahul to SC

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told Supreme Court that he had never accused RSS

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Publish Date: Aug 25 2016 12:50PM | Updated Date: Aug 25 2016 12:50PM

Didn't blame RSS for killing Mahatma Gandhi: Rahul to SC

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told Supreme Court that he had never accused RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi but blamed the persons associated with the organisation were behind the assassination.

 

The apex court indicated to dispose of the case if the complainant has no objection as the allegation is not against the organisation but against a person for the killing.

 

Rahul's counsel Kapil Sibal cited paragraphs from his client's affidavit which was filed in the Bombay High Court, while challenging the summons issued to him as an accused for his alleged defamatory statement in a 2014 election rally in Maharashtra.

 

"RSS ke logo ne hatya ki, is entirely different from RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi," Sibal submitted.

 

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said if the complainant agrees to the submission, it will take the statement on record and dispose of the petition.

 

"What we understand is that the accused never blamed RSS as an institution that killed Mahatma Gandhi but the persons associated with it were responsible for the killing," the bench said.

 

The bench indicated it would pass an order on September 1 that Rahul has 'unequivocally' stated that he had never blamed RSS as an institution.

 

It asked senior advocate UR Lalit, who appeared for complainant Rajesh Mahadev Kunte, secretary of Bhiwandi unit of RSS, to take instructions on whether Rahul's statement, given in the affidavit, is taken on record and inform the court if he has any objection to it.

 

At the outset, Sibal questioned Kunte's statement before the police and said the police had no role whatsoever in a private defamation case.

 

Rahul had earlier refused to apologise for his remarks and was ready to face trial in the case.

 

On July 19, the apex court asked Rahul to tender apology or face trial for his remarks.

 

While addressing a public rally at Sonale in Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014 Rahul had alleged it was "RSS people," who had killed Mahatma Gandhi. "RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji," he had said.