Lawyer sues Rahul for link­ing RSS with mur­der

The Asian Age - - Nation - SHAHAB AN­SARI

A crim­i­nal defama­tion suit has been filed against Congress vi­cepres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi, the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (Marx­ist) and its gen­eral sec­re­tary Si­taram Yechury for link­ing jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist Gauri Lankesh’s mur­der with “BJP-RSS ide­ol­ogy”.

Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) worker Dhru­ti­man Joshi, a 27-year-old lawyer from Dadar, filed the pri­vate com­plaint in a lo­cal court. It sought is­suance of sum­mons and process for the crim­i­nal defama­tion case against the Gand­his and Mr Yechury un­der rel­e­vant sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code for de­fam­ing the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“After Rahul Gandhi and Si­taram Yechury made state­ments link­ing Gauri Lankesh’s mur­der with RSS ide­ol­ogy, many of my friends started ask­ing me if RSS was be­hind her mur­der,” said Mr Joshi. Ac­cord­ing to him, the state­ments were base­less and no in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency had hinted that the RSS is be­hind her mur­der.

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