Rahul Gandhi defamation case: Supreme Court defers hearing to August 23

The apex court also said that police has no role to probe a private criminal defamation complaint.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2016 3:33 pm
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The Supreme Court Wednesday deferred hearing to August 23 on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s appeal seeking quashing of a complaint against him for allegedly saying RSS had a role to play in Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

The apex court also said that police has no role to probe a private criminal defamation complaint. Last week, the court pulled up Rahul for painting everyone associated with the RSS with the same brush. He was asked to apologise for his comments or face trial.

“Why did you make a sweeping statement against the RSS, painting everyone associated with the organisation in the same brush?” an SC bench said.

Reacting to the court’s remarks, the Congress said that Rahul had already “challenged the constitutionality” of the section under which he had been charged and that “there is no question” of him apologising or expressing regret.

Rahul, at an election rally, accused the RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi. Rahul had said: “RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him…They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji.” A member of the RSS filed a criminal defamation complaint against Rahul for his remarks.

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