RSS defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear before court today

Hearing in the case is scheduled at 10 am at Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate court on July 4.

In February, earlier this year, RSS Swayam Sevak Dhrutiman Joshi had filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury & the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for defaming the RSS following the death of Gauri Lankesh.

Later, the Mazgaon court had issued summons to Gandhi & Yechury for questioning in connection with the case. The court, had, however, dismissed the complaint against Sonia Gandhi & the CPI(M).

Lankesh, a senior journalist was murdered at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.

In the complainant, Dhrutiman Joshi stated that Rahul Gandhi, within 24-hours of the murder of the journalist, criticised the RSS & alleged that “anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP, against the ideology of the RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked & even killed.”

Joshi said that Sitaram Yechury was also heard & seen saying that it was the RSS ideology & the RSS men who killed Gauri Lankesh.

“For a mere political score, the accused had unnecessarily dragged the name of RSS & it in a move to rake up negative sentiments in the minds of the people against the RSS,” the complaint stated.

Joshi had requested the court to charge the duo under section 499 (defamation) & section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

This is the second defamation petition against Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra.

Another RSS activist Rajesh Kunte had, in 2014, filed a defamation case against Gandhi over a statement made by him at an election rally, where he had blamed the RSS for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

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