I’m ready to face trial over blam­ing RSS for killing Gandhi: Rahul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court on Thurs­day he stood by his re­marks that the RSS was re­spon­si­ble for the as­sas­si­na­tion of Ma­hatma Gandhi and was ready to be tried for defama­tion.

The Congress leader, who with­drew his plea for quash­ing the case, will now be tried in a Bhi­wandi court in Ma­ha­rash­tra, where a com­plaint was filed against him by a RSS ac­tivist in 2014.

“I stand by each and ev­ery word. I will never take my words back. I stood by it yes­ter­day, I stand by it to­day and I will stand by it in fu­ture. I am ready to go to trial,” se­nior ad­vo­cate Kapil Sibal, ap­pear­ing for Gandhi, said.

Though Gandhi, who had chal­lenged the com­plaint in May 2015, sought ex­emp­tion from per­sonal ap­pear­ance, the bench of jus­tices Di­pak Misra and Ro­hin­ton Fali Na­ri­man de­nied him the re­lief.

Even Nathu­ram Godse’s brother said RSS men killed Ma­hatma Gandhi, Sibal said. Godse, an ad­vo­cate from Pune, shot Ma­hatma in New Delhi on Jan­uary 30, 1948.

At a 2014 rally in Ma­ha­rash­tra’s Bhi­wandi, the Congress leader said, “RSS men shot Gand­hiji”, prompt­ing RSS worker Ra­jesh Kunte to file a defama­tion com­plaint.

The 46-year-old Gandhi had told the SC last month that he didn’t blame the RSS as an in­sti­tu­tion for Ma­hatma Gandhi’s as­sas­si­na­tion, invit­ing crit­i­cism for his “U-turn”.

Less than 24 hours af­ter the death of traf­fic head con­sta­ble Vi­las Shinde, who lost his life af­ter be­ing at­tacked by bik­ers, an­other con­sta­ble was in­jured while try­ing to stop a biker at a naka­bandi in Kurla on Thurs­day.

Po­lice con­sta­ble De­v­i­das Nim­balkar, 45, sus­tained in­juries on his left knee, the po­lice said. A non-cog­nis­able of­fence has been reg­is­tered against Im­tiaz Khan, a res­i­dent of Py­d­honie. Nim­balkar is at­tached to the VB Na­gar po­lice sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the in­ci­dent oc­curred at Sak­i­naka road, close to Jari-mari near Bail Bazaar in Kurla (West) around 1.50pm. “The in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing rou­tine pa­trolling. Nim­balkar sig­naled to the biker to stop be­cause he was not wear­ing a hel­met. But Khan tried to speed up in­stead,” said Bharat Bhoite, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor, VB Na­gar po­lice sta­tion.

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