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Defamation case: Rahul needs to prove his statement in court, says RSS

Updated: Sep 01, 2016 20:13 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 1 (ANI): After Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi withdrew his appeal from the Supreme Court for quashing of the defamation case against him, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Thursday accused Gandhi of fuelling such controversies when elections are around the corner, and asked him to prove his allegation that the RSS had a role in Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

"Whenever elections come closer, Congress starts accusing us, even when we filled an affidavit in court, he made allegation on us at the Assam rally," RSS leader Rajesh Kunte told ANI.

"The trial in this case will start from November 16 in a Bhiwandi court, and now Rahul Gandhi has to prove that the RSS is involved in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi," he added.

Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi withdrew his appeal from the Supreme Court over his remarks that the RSS was responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

Former law minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Gandhi, told the apex court that Rahul stands by his statement-"RSS ke logon ne Gandhi ji ko goli mari".

"He will not withdraw his words and is ready to face trial," Sibbal told the apex court.

Meanwhile, the top court refused to grant Gandhi exemption from personal appearance before lower court in the case.

Sibbal had on August 24 told the Supreme Court that Rahul never accused the RSS as an institution that carried out the crime.

"'RSS ke logon ne hatya ki' is entirely different from 'RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi," Sibbal had told the apex court.

The RSS, the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi for his speech at a rally in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra in 2014.

Gandhi moved the Supreme Court in May 2015 seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea for quashing the defamation case.

On July 19, the apex court remarked against Gandhi for indulging in 'collective denunciation' against an organisation and said it's wrong.

It said the Rahul Gandhi might have to face a trial to prove his defence that his statement was an assertion of a historical fact. (ANI)