Rahul Gandhi’s counsel and senior Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, made a complete U-turn on Wednesday telling the Supreme Court that Gandhi never accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as an institution that killed Mahatama Gandhi. The hearing was deferred by the court till the 1st of September, as Umesh Lalit, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the RSS worker, wanted to take time and get instructions from his client.
The Supreme Court, early July, told Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that he must either apologize to the RSS or face trial for claiming that the RSS was in fact responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
In May 2015, Rahul Gandhi had moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea for quashing a defamation case against him for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Gandhi.
In 2014, at a rally in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, Gandhi reportedly claimed that “RSS people killed Gandhi Ji. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhi Ji.”
Secretary of Bhiwandi, Rajesh Kunte, alleged that at an election rally, Rahul blamed Gandhi’s death on the RSS. He also claimed, according to PTI, that the Congress leader had blamed RSS in order to tarnish the reputation of the Sangh through his speech. It was then that Kunte filed the defamation case against Rahul Gandhi at Maharashtra court.
As standard procedure, the magistrate’s court issued a notice to Rahul directing him to appear before the court.
RSS and BJP have always maintained that the Hindu militant, Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, in fact had no connection to the RSS.
“Godse had nothing to do with RSS. The attempt to link Godse to RSS was politically motivated. It was an attempt to defame RSS,” BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao told CNN-News 18.