Rahul says RSS killed Mahatma, ready to face trial

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

I stand by each and every word. I will say it now.

Last week, the apex court had accepted Rahul's defence that he never blamed the RSS as an institution for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but only those associated with, it in the defamation case filed against him by the outfit. "I am ready to face trial", Gandhi told the Supreme Court on Thursday, speaking through his lawyer Kapil Sibal.

"We are not inclined to interfere now".

The case will now proceed in a trial court. However, Gandhi refused to do so.

The BJP and the RSS today said that Mr Gandhi's actions reflect a state of confusion.

"You have done it repeatedly". RSS is his capital hook.

Rajesh Kunte, a RSS activist, had alleged that Rahul in an election rally at Sonale said that "RSS people killed Gandhiji".

Senior advocate UR Lalit, appearing for the RSS functionary, submitted that such a statement was needed from Rahul, as in the last 60 years, whenever there was an election, Congress made an attempt to blame RSS for the killing of the Father of the Nation.

"I have said only what Nathuram Godse's brother said".

Making a flip-flop, Congress vice-president had earlier told the Supreme Court that he never meant to blame the entire RSS for the assassination.

Rahul will now face trial in a Bhiwandi court in Maharashtra where the defamation case is filed. It was also clearly suggested that the assassins were associated or affiliated with the RSS. In a pre-election speech in Maharashtra in 2014, Gandhi had blamed the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

The 2014 affidavit had also explained the context of Mr. Gandhi's reference to Sardar Vallabhai Patel in the same speech.

The legal battle between the two heated up in the recent months, when the RSS dragged the Gandhi scion to court for his words; "RSS ke logon ne Gandhiji ko goli mari" (RSS' men shot Gandhi dead), implied their direct involvement in his killing.

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