September 27, 2016 5:09:05 am
IN THE midst of his showdown with the RSS over a defamation case, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will appear in a court in Assam on Thursday in another defamation case linked to the Sangh.
Rahul will take a break from his ongoing Uttar Pradesh yatra to travel to Assam on September 29 and appear in a magistrate’s court in Kamrup that has summoned him. He is not seeking exemption and is keen to use the court date to launch another attack on the RSS, party leaders said.
Rahul has been summoned by the court in a criminal defamation case filed by an RSS volunteer over allegations that the Congress leader was not allowed by Sangh members to enter Barpeta Satra, a 16th-century Vaishnavite monastery in Assam.
Recently Rahul withdrew his plea from Supreme Court for quashing of criminal defamation charges in a case filed by a local RSS leader in Maharashtra for his remarks that “RSS people” were involved in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. He had told the apex court that he would stand trial in the case.
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Accordingly, Rahul will have to appear before the magistrate in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, on November 16.
In March 2014, while addressing an election rally in Bhiwandi, Rahul had said, “RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people talk of him.”
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