Polls 2017: Rahul Gandhi to present himself in court before Goa rally
His brief visit was seized by the party to stage a political show in Bhiwandi, which is at around 32 km distance from Mumbai, where the Congress VP had addressed the party workers attacking the notes ban, announced just days before by the PM
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi will be appearing at a court in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi city on Monday regarding the case of defaming the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The Congress Vice President would present himself in the court on his way to Goa, where is scheduled to campaign for upcoming state polls.
Accused of a defamation case, Gandhi has been sued over his comments at a rally before the 2014 election blaming the RSS for Gandhi's assassination in 1948.
The Congress VP took to micro-blogging site twitter to state that he would be in Bhiwandi before heading to Goa.
Earlier court proceedings:
- It may recalled that during his last appearance in November 2016, Gandhi was granted bail within minutes, and had encash the his visit to the party's favour instead.
- His brief visit was seized by the party to stage a political show in Bhiwandi, which is at around 32 km distance from Mumbai, where the Congress VP had addressed the party workers attacking the notes ban, announced just days before by the PM.
- Rahul Gandhi had stated, "I have come here for Mahatma Gandhi's ideology. Gandhi said those who stand straight cannot be bent into slavery. On one side we have the mentality of freedom, on the other we have that of ghulami (slavery)."
RSS proposes, Gandhi denies:
- The RSS, however, had said that it could withdraw the case if Gandhi publicly accepts that he does not blame the former as an institution responsible for the death of the Mahatma.
- Rahul had denied the proposal of the organisation stating before the court that he would 'never' take back his words.
- "I stand by each and every word. I will never take my words back... I am ready to go to trial," the Congress VP had said to judges through his lawyer and former union minister Kapil Sibal.