Congress President Rahul Gandhi pleads ‘not guilty’ in defamation case filed by RSS activist

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday pleaded “not guilty” before a Trial Court in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi in connection with a defamation case filed against him by an RSS activist in 2014. Charges were framed against him under section 499 and 500 of IPC, according to ANI. The case was filed by an RSS worker, Rajesh Kunte.

Rahul Gandhi was sued after he allegedly blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP, for killing Mahatma Gandhi in an election rally in Bhiwandi before the 2014 general elections.

In September 2016, Rahul Gandhi had withdrawn his petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging the case saying he would face trial instead.

After appearing before the court today, Rahul Gandhi told reporters that “This is a fight for ideology. We will win.”

The court has set 10 August for the next hearing on the case.

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