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Didn’t blame RSS as a body for Mahatma Gandhi’s killing: Rahul Gandhi to SC

“RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him…They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji,” Rahul had said while addressing a public rally in Maharashtra’s Thane district in March 2014.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 24, 2016 3:32 pm
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In a big relief to Rahul Gandhi, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said his statement doesn’t suggest that he blamed RSS as an institution for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and it is inclined to drop criminal defamation case against him if complainant is satisfied with his clarification.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R S Nariman, which was hearing the petition filed by Gandhi challenging the summons issued to him as an accused in a defamation case, said it will dispose of the petition if the complainant agreed.

The bench noted that the Congress leader had filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court while seeking quashing of the defamation complaint against him stating that, at an election rally, he had not blamed RSS as an institution for the assassination of Gandhi but a person associated with it.

The bench, which posted the matter for September 1, asked the complainant’s counsel and senior advocate U R Lalit to seek instruction whether the complainant was ready to end the case if Gandhi’s statement is taken on record.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Congress Vice President, drew the attention of the bench to the affidavit filed in the high court.

The bench, which heard the matter for about half-an-hour, said “what we understand is that the accused never blamed RSS as an institution that killed Mahatma Gandhi but the person associated with it.”

The court last month had pulled up Rahul Gandhi over “collective denunciation” of the RSS and said he may have to face trial for his comments that RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi.

“RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him…They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji,” Rahul had said while addressing a public rally in Maharashtra’s Thane district in March 2014.

Rahul Gandhi had moved the Supreme Court in May 2015 for quashing the criminal case lodged against him for his comments against the RSS during an election rally in March 2015.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Aug 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    Dont also take Pappu seriously. He says a few words at om every day early morning when he does not fully recover from the previous night...........so ralax and dont take him seriously. Tomorrow he may say I am the PM. or CM of UP. Dont ask are you serious.? Its known
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      Bob
      Aug 24, 2016 at 11:24 am
      Congress people imposed emergency on the country . Congress people butchered thousand of sick children in Delhi . Congress people looted billions of dollars . Let me clarify one thing very clear. Congress as a "body" or "soul" did not commit any of these crime. It is only the people in the congress . So long live congress !
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        Singh
        Aug 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm
        I heard about it mahatma hi give money so many crore from indian people fund to jinna for stan rehaib if not killed by godse so man is either rss or else it dosnt matter
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          Basant
          Aug 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm
          You included?
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            Mukul
            Aug 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm
            Till date if we keep reminding public of Nathuram Godse for killing hiji, is Congress more inclined for Nathuram than hi??lt;br/gt;Or is it blaming RSS in guise of indicating people of RSS. lt;br/gt;Supreme Coyrt needs to think this instead of burying him of charges against him
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