RSS Defamation Case: Rahul Gandhi pleads "not guilty", released on surety of ₹15,000

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Sewri Metropolitan Magistrate court in connection with the defamation case for linking Gauri Lankesh's murder with RSS and its ideology

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While appearing before the Sewri Metropolitan Magistrate court, Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday pleaded “not guilty” in a defamation case filed by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. The case was filed after Gandhi linked Gauri Lankesh’s murder with the RSS and its ideology.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on a surety of ₹15,000 which was provided by former party MP Eknath Gaikwad. Gandhi landed in Mumbai on Thursday morning and was accompanied by Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Milind Deora.

While talking to reporters outside the court, Rahul Gandhi, who made his resignation as Congress President public on July 3, asserted that this a fight of ideology and it will continue.

This a fight of ideology. I am with the farmers and the poor. The fight  (against BJP) will continue with 10 times more strength,” Gandhi said.

Earlier in 2017, RSS’ Dhrutiman Joshi had filed a case against Rahul Gandhi, then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and it's general secretary Sitaram Yechury for allegedly holding the RSS accountable for the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. 

Lankesh was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru in September 2017 allegedly by the members of right-wing extremist group. 

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The court had issued summons against Gandhi and Yechury. However, it dismissed the complaints against Sonia Gandhi and CPM saying that a party can’t be held responsible for remarks made by the individuals.    

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