RSS defamation case: Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty, gets bail


New Delhi,  Defamation case filed against Rahul Gandhi for allegedly linking Gauri Lankesh’s murder with “BJP-RSS ideology”: Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty. He has been released on Rs 15000 surety amount. Ex MP Eknath Gaikwad has given surety for Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Mumbai to appear before a court in connection with a defamation case filed against him in 2017 for allegedly linking journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder with “BJP-RSS ideology”.

The Mazagaon metropolitan magistrate’s court, in February, issued summons to Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in response to a private complaint filed by Dhrutiman Joshi, a lawyer, and worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Joshi had filed the complaint in 2017 against Rahul Gandhi, the then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its general secretary Sitaram Yechury. A private complaint is filed to seek directions from the court to the police to investigate a particular matter.

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017. Joshi said that within 24 hours of her death, Rahul Gandhi told reporters that “anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP, against the ideology of the RSS, is pressured, beaten, attacked, and even killed.”

Rahul Gandhi is making headlines as he has quit as the Congress President and has sounded an alarm and said that the Congress should choose its next chief soon. There was speculation regarding his decision to quit but by going public regarding the same, he has put all speculations to an end.

In the meantime sister, Priyanka Gandhi is also making headlines today for her tweet in which she calls the resignation of her brother Rahul Gandhi as daring action.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday tweeted her admiration of brother Rahul Gandhi, a day after he brought finality to his decision to step down as party president by writing a farewell note to party workers and supporters.

“Few have the courage that you do @rahulgandhi. Deepest respect for your decision,” wrote Priyanka on Twitter.

The 49-year-old Congress president went public with the letter on Wednesday after party colleagues refused to accept the resignation he offered at the May 25 meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision-making committee, after its general election defeat.