Guwahati, August 6: On claiming that he was not allowed to enter by RSS members to enter Barpeta Satra temple in Assam on December 12 last year, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was summoned by the Guwahati court on Saturday. Due to this, the Gandhi will face trial in a criminal defamation case for his remarks against the organization.
The Congress VP was summoned by Court on September 21 under section 500 of the IPC which states that whoever defames another shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
RSS volunteer Anjan Bora had filed the criminal defamation case against Gandhi in the CJM, Kamrup’s court alleging that he had tarnished the organisation’s image by saying that he was not allowed by RSS members to enter Barpeta Satra, a 16th century Vaishnavite monastry, in Assam on December 12, 2015. On August 2, the court had deferred its decision whether to issue summons against the Congress vice president as an accused in the criminal defamation case.
Bora in his case claimed that instead of going to the Satra on December 12, 2015, Gandhi took part in a padayatra. After two days on December 14, Rahul told a press conference in Delhi that he tried to enter the Satra but was denied to enter the temple by its elected RSS members and supporters, said Bora in the complaint. Bora alleged that by making this claim in Delhi, Gandhi had brought down the image of RSS in society.
Describing this comment by Congress leader as an obvious lie, Bora claimed in his petition that a lot of people including women and elected leaders of the Satra were waiting for Gandhi but he never visited the holy place. Bora alleged that by making this claim in Delhi, Gandhi had brought down the image of RSS in society. The court had examined several witnesses, including elected members of the Satra.