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SC to hear Rahul Gandhi's plea in 'RSS killed Gandhi' defamation case

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 August 2016, 15:23 IST

The Supreme Court is all set to hear a petition to quash the defamation case filed against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that the RSS was responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal is likely to argue for Gandhi. Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh worker Rajesh Kunte filed a defamation complaint before a Thane district court in 2014 alleging that the Congress VP had said that "RSS had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi" during an election rally in Bhiwandi.

"RSS people killed Gandhi ji. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhi ji," Rahul Gandhi reportedly said.

In May 2015, the Congress VP moved the Supreme Court, seeking a dismissal of the criminal case. On 19 July 2016, the Supreme Court said that indulging in 'collective denunciation' against an organisation is wrong.

The Congress vice-president has maintained that his statement on RSS' involvement in the Mahatma Gandhi killing was a historical fact and his counsel has asserted that his statement was within his right to free speech.

--With inputs from ANI

First published: 24 August 2016, 15:23 IST