Guwahati, Sept 29: With one case already pending in Bhiwandi court against him for defaming Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had to appear before the Guwahati court to face a similar case on Thursday.
Taking a pause from his ongoing ‘Deoria to Delhi’ yatra in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi reached Guwahati to appear before the Magisterial court where a defamation case against him was filed by RSS Vibhag Sanghchalak Anjan Bora.
The case was filed on April 28 under IPC 499/500 against the Congress leader. Rahul Gandhi had accused the RSS volunteers of not allowing him to enter the Barpeta Satra, a religious institution in Lower Assam while he was on tour there, a charge refuted by the RSS summarily.
Taking a dig at the RSS, Rahul Gandhi dared the organization to file as many cases as they can for, he was happy to fight them. “All these cases are being filed against me because I am fighting for the poor, the rights of farmers, for unemployed youth who have aspirations but are being denied jobs because the government is working for 10-15 people,” he told reporters outside the court.
In December last year, Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to visit the Barpeta Satra monastery before a road show in December but didn't do so as there were some women pilgrims inside. The next day, he claimed in Parliament that some "RSS people" had stopped him from entering the temple.
“When I went to Assam I wanted to visit the Barpeta temple. The RSS people stopped me from going into the temple. This is the way BJP operates. They put women in front of me and prevented me from going in,” he had said.
The RSS summarily rejected his allegation.
The Magistrate let Rahul Gandhi free on a Personal Recognisance Bond of Rs 50,000/- and listed the case for further hearing on November 5.
Rahul Gandhi is fighting another defamation case for linking the RSS with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and recently told the Supreme Court that he was ready to face trial in a Maharashtra court.