Rahul withdraws plea in SC nWill face trial for blaming RSS for Mahatma’s killing

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court on Thursday that he stood by his remarks against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, withdrawing his plea to quash a defamation case filed by the right-wing organisation.
The case will proceed in a trial court. Though Rahul, who approached the top court in May 2015, sought personal exemption, his appeal was turned down by the Supreme Court.
A controversy erupted after the Congress said at a rally in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi that “RSS men shot Gandhiji”. An RSS worker filed a defamation complaint before a Thane district court in 2014.
Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he didn’t blame the RSS as an institution but only some people associated with the Hindu group, in remarks that triggered
criticism for his “apparent
U-turn”.
But later he said stood by every word he said, condemning the “fighting the hateful & divisive agenda” of the RSS.
Even Naturam Godse’s brother said the RSS people killed Mahatma,
Rahul’s legal counsel, Kapil Sibal, informed the court on his behalf.
Godse, an advocate from Pune, shot dead Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.

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