Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today told the Supreme Court that he had never blamed the RSS as an institution which killed Mahatma Gandhi but had stated that a person associated with it was responsible for the Father of the Nation's assassination.
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and RS Nariman, which was hearing the petition filed by Gandhi challenging the summons issued to him as an accused in a defamation case, said it will dispose off the petition if the complainant agreed.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Rahul, drew the attention of the bench to the affidavit filed in the high court.
The bench noted that the Congress leader had filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court while seeking quashing of the defamation complaint against him stating that, at an election rally, he had not blamed the RSS as an institution for Gandhi's assassination but a person associated with it.
The bench, which posted the matter for 1 September, asked the complainant's counsel and senior advocate UR Lalit to seek instruction whether the complainant was ready to end the case if Gandhi's statement is taken on record.
The bench, which heard the matter for about half-an-hour, said, "What we understand is that the accused never blamed RSS as an institution that killed Mahatma Gandhi but the person associated with it."
-With inputs from PTI