Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the Supreme Court that he did not blame the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Judges then indicated that they are likely to clear the Congress Vice-President of defamation charges next week on September 1.
The apex court was hearing an appeal by Congress vice president to quash the defamation case filed against him by the RSS.
“I never blamed RSS as an institution, but those associated with it who killed Mahatma Gandhi,” Rahul Gandhi told Supreme Court. The court will be taking on record Rahul’s statement in the matter before Bombay High Court
Senior lawyer UR Lalit, appearing for petitioner Ram Madhav Kunte, said he needed time to seek further instructions from the RSS if the petition against Rahul can be disposed off.
The case pertains to Rahul’s appeal before the apex court to quash the defamation suit filed by the RSS against the Congress vice-president for his remarks that it had killed Gandhi.
Last month, the Supreme Court had ordered the 46-year-old leader to either apologise or face trial for the remark, an offer the Congress leader had then rejected.
“You must either apologise or face trial. The case must be decided on merit, whether what you spoke was for public good or not. You can’t make wholesale denunciation of an organisation. The purpose of law is not to turn citizens into litigants. History is the biggest enemy of privacy,” the Supreme Court had observed.
Nevertheless, the top court scheduled the next hearing for September 1, after the RSS activist’s counsel U R Lalit sought time to get further instructions from his client.
Rahul had made these accusations during a Thane rally in March 2014. “RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him…They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji,” Rahul had said then.
On Wednesday, though, he said quite the opposite.