Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today told the Supreme Court that he stands by his statement accusing Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh men of killing Mahatma Gandhi. The Congress VP, who had earlier denied blaming the entire organisation for the killing, said that he is ready to face trial in the case. 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.
“The petitioner (Rahul Gandhi) never accused the RSS as an institution for the crime… it is clear from my affidavit before the (Bombay) High Court,” Rahul’s counsel Kapil Sibal told a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Rohinton F Nariman.
Sibal repeatedly referred to the Congress leader’s affidavit in which Rahul had said that he blamed a person associated with the RSS for the killing, but did not denounce the whole organisation.
Pulling up Rahul on the issue, the court had earlier said that it will examine whether what the petitioner (Rahul) said comes within the ambit of defamation.
“You can’t make wholesale denunciation of an organisation. The case must be decided on merits, whether what you spoke was for public good or not,” the apex court had told Rahul Gandhi during the hearing of the case.
“The purpose of law is not to turn citizens into litigants, history is the biggest enemy of privacy,” the court had said in its statement. said has given Rahul Gandhi time till July 27th to detail his arguments in the case.
RSS had demanded an apology from Rahul for his comments during an election speech where he said that “RSS people” had killed Mahatma Gandhi.
Rajesh Kunte, a RSS activist, had alleged that Rahul in an election rally at Sonale said that “RSS people killed Gandhiji”.