Bhiwandi, Nov 16: A Bhiwandi court that is handling the criminal defamation case filed by an RSS activist against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for his alleged comments accusing the RSS of murdering Mahatma Gandhi, Wednesday granted bail on a personal surety bond of Rs 15000/-.
Gandhi had attended the court proceedings by reaching the Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning at 10.30 am where Judge Tushar Waze granted him bail. Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Shivraj Patil stood as surety for the bail of Rahul Gandhi.
The magistrate adjourned the case till January 30, 2017.
It may be mentioned that Rahul Gandhi had made comments during an election rally in 2014 at Bhiwandi accusing the RSS of Gandhi's murder. During his speech, Rahul Gandhi had allegedly said tht 'The RSS People had killed Gandhi".
Following this baseless allegation, Rajesh Kunte, an RSS swayamsevak had filed a criminal defamation case against the Congress leader.
Rahul had approached the Bombay High Court for rejection of the case but the HC declined last year to grant any relief to him in the proceedings of the case.
The HC dismissed Gandhi's petition but exempted him from personal appearance before a magistrate's court in Bhiwandi.
Rahul had approached the Supreme Court with a Special Leave Petition (SLP) seeking permission to challenge the HC order of dismissal of his petition but had withdrawn the petition.
On September 1, Rahul had preferred to face the trial as an accused in the defamation case, submitting before the Supreme Court that he stood by “every word” of his statement.
The Congress Vice-President had expressed his readiness to face the trial after the apex court refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him before the trial court. He then withdrew the appeal filed by him against the Bombay High Court judgement refusing to quash the defamation case and summons issued to him by the trial court.
The apex court also declined Rahul’s plea that he be exempted from personal appearance before the Bhiwandi court which had taken cognisance of the complaint of an RSS functionary by summoning him as an accused in the case.
Last evening, Rahul reached Mumbai to a rousing welcome by party workers and state leaders. Several party workers carried placards which read: “Bapu ke samman mein, Rahul Gandhi maidan mein” (For Mahatma Gandhi’s honour, Rahul Gandhi joins fight”; “Gandhiji ke hatyaro se sangharsh rahega jari” (fight against Gandhi’s killers will continue) and “Rahul Gandhi sangharsh karo, hum tumhare saath hai” (Rahul Gandhi carry on the fight, we are with you).