Rahul Gandhi granted relief in defamation case
Rahul Gandhi granted relief in defamation case:- Rahul Gandhi, the Vice-President of the Indian National Congress party and the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India has been granted relief by a court on Thursday from the defamation case.
What were the charges on him?
The defamation case was filed against Gandhi by an RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) volunteer Bibhag Chanchalak.The criminal defamation case was filed by Bibhag because he felt that Gandhi had brought down the image of RSS by saying that “he was not allowed by RSS members to enter Barpeta Satra, a 16th century Vaishnavite monastery, in Assam on December 12, 2015.”
Gandhi had appeared in a court in Guwahati (Assam), the Chief Judicial Magistrate Kamrup for the same. He was granted a Personal Recognisance (PR) bond as he appeared in the court himself.
Rahul Gandhi’s side
His lawyer Anshuman Bora said- “We had filed a bail application for him, but as Rahul Gandhi appeared in person the court allowed him to go on PR bond. The next date of hearing has been fixed for November 5” Gandhi will have to be personally present in court on the 5th of November so that the court can take the case forward.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Sanjoy Hazarika had stated in an order dated on 6th August that- ““The statement of Rahul Gandhi so published in the media appears to be defamatory in nature. And, therefore, the complainant prima facie fulfils the ingredients of Section 499 IPC. And accordingly I find sufficient material to proceed against Rahul Gandhi to face trial under Section 500 IPC.”
Gandhi was supposed to enter the Satra on that day, but, he did not as he directly went for the padayatra. Two days later, Gandhi said that he had tried going to the stara, but was prevented by RSS members and supporters. After this, Bubhag had registered a complaint.
After appearing in the court, Gandhi said, “These cases are being filed against me because I am fighting for the poor people, the rights of farmers, and unemployed youth.”