The Supreme Court (SC) chided Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for saying that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was responsible for the death of Mahatma Gandhi, prima facie indicating that he will have to face trial.
“You cannot make collective denunciation of an organsation,” stated the top court. He was sued for defamation in this regard by the saffron party.
The SC told Gandhi’s counsel that hearing in the matter was fixed on July 27 when the court would hear detailed arguments.
The court also indicated that Gandhi scion would stand trial as he did not take up the SC’s advice to apologise and close the matter.
The SC also dismissed Gandhi’s plea that the case be postponed by two weeks as lawyer and colleague Kapil Sibal would be unavailable during the period.
It may be recalled that Gandhi was sued for his comments against the RSS, the mentor of the BJP, when he said that RSS had killed Gandhi during an election rally at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra during 2014 polls. It was an RSS activist Rajesh Kunte who had filed a defamation case against Gandhi for the comment.
In November last, giving an opportunity, the top court had suggested Gandhi to apologise for his comments, but Kapil Sibal said that they would instead fight the case.
Meanwhile, the Congress said that Rahul Gandhi won’t apologise over his remarks against the RSS but will demonstrate them with historical evidence to support his claim before the SC.
” Gandhi is a mature politician with knowledge of historical facts. Congress and Gandhi will defend these remarks at an appropriate forum,” said Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.