Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appeared before a court in Thane district in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker.
Once inside the courtroom, Rahul takes stand and the judge starts reading out charges against the Congress president. The judge asked Rahul if he has received copies of the complaint, to which Rahul says ‘yes’. The charges were framed under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. The court set 10 August as the next date of hearing.
RSS worker Rajesh Kunte had filed the case after watching Rahul Gandhi’s speech at an election rally in which he had claimed that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi,” the Congress president had allegedly said in the rally.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not talking about employment for youth and farmers and said that his fight was against the government’s policies. Gandhi, who appeared before a court in Bhiwandi town in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker. also dared the BJP and the RSS to slap as many cases on him as they wanted to.
“Our fight is against the policies of the prime minister. Farmers are frustrated and the prime minister does not talk about employment for youth. This government is only for the rich,” Gandhi told reporters outside the Bhiwandi court.
He took a swipe at Modi’s radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ and said the prime minister does not speak about ‘kaam ki baat’ like providing employment to youth or safeguarding farmers.
“Let them (the BJP and the RSS) slap as many cases as they want against me. Ours is a fight of ideology. We will fight them and win,” Gandhi said.