Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he continued to stand by his remarks blaming RSS for assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Rahul further added that he was ready to face a trial for alleged defamation of the ideological parent of the ruling BJP.
His lawyer Kapil Sibal told the top court that the Congress vice president stood by what he had said about the RSS and the 1948 assassination of the Mahatma.
Rahul Gandhi withdrew an appeal before Supreme Court that had sought quashing of the defamation proceeding in a Maharashtra trial court.
Top court allowed petitions to be withdrawn but did not grant Congress vice president an exemption from appearing before the trial court.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Rajesh Kunte filed the defamation case against Rahul Gandhi on his remarks at a 2014 election rally that people associated with Hindutva group killed Mahatma Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order refusing to interfere with the defamation case against him.
Congress leader told the apex court through his lawyer few days back that he did not blame the RSS but "people associated with it" for the Mahatma's assassination.