Mumbai: A Bhiwandi court in Maharashtra on Monday summoned Congress vice president for his remarks against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), while addressing an election rally in the state, blaming the outfit for assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Gandhi scion was asked by the court to appear before it on May 08.
Earlier, the Bombay HC had dismissed Rahul's petition for quashing the defamation case filed against him by a saffron outfit functionary. The court had observed that the Amethi MP “prima facie” intended to harm the RSS reputation by allegedly blaming it for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination,.
"RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him...They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji," Rahul had said while addressing a public rally in Thane district on March 06, 2014.
The criminal complaint was filed by Rajesh Kunte, Secretary of RSS unit at Bhiwandi, a powerloom town near Thane.
In his complaint to the court, Kunte had said the remarks were defamatory and sought action against the Congress leader.
BJP had earlier also complained to Election Commission against the Congress vice president regarding this matter.