In a high drama, RSS defamation case, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was granted bail Bhiwandi court. The case was filed a local RSS functionary, Rajesh Kunte over Rahul’s alleged comment against the RSS on assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. On the surety of Former Union Minister Shivraj Patil, Judge Tushar Waze granted bail and scheduled the next hearing on January 28, 2017.
In 2014, during one of Rahul’s rally in Bhiwandi, Rahul allegedly claimed, “The RSS people had killed Gandhi.” Recently Rahul Gandhi claimed that he stood by “every word” of his statement. Earlier, the Supreme Court had stayed the proceedings against him but Rahul withdrew his petition from the court in September saying that he would face the trial
Demanding that Rahul Gandhi should be treated as an “ordinary citizen”, Rakesh Kunte’s lawyer also said that if Rahul Gandhi accepts his mistake, the case can be withdrawn, however he also requested for an undertaking of not repeating the same mistake in future from Rahul.
Rahul’s lawyer Ashok Mundargi sought an exemption from court regarding the personal appearance of Mr. Gandhi over his political commitments; however the court declined this request as the court had taken cognizance of the complaint of an RSS functionary by summoning him as an accused in the case, but granted bail.
Rahul had expressed his readiness to face the trials multiple times after the court refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him before the trial court. He then withdrew the appeal filed by him against the Bombay High Court judgment refusing to quash the defamation case and summons issued to him by the trial court.
Rahul was seen happy and interacted with his supporters who shouted loud slogans like “Bapu ke samman mein, Rahul Gandhi maidan mein”; “Gandhiji ke hatyaro se sangharsh rahega jari” and “Rahul Gandhi sangharsh karo, hum tumhare saath hai”.