Mumbai, July 4 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday pleaded “not guilty” before a local court in Mumbai’s Mazgaon in connection with the RSS defamation case in which he has been accused of linking the right-wing organisation to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who stepped down as party chief and shared his resignation letter publicly on micro-blogging site Twitter, taking the onus of the party’s defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, arrived at a Mumbai court to appear before it in connection with a defamation case filed against him in 2017.
The complainant, Dhrutiman Joshi had also filed similar complaints against senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, which were later dismissed.
In his plea, Joshi had said that barely 24 hours after the Lankesh killing, Rahul Gandhi had allegedly blamed the RSS and its ideology for the murder.
This is the second petition filed by a RSS activist in Maharashtra against Rahul Gandhi.
Way back in 2014, a local functionary, Rajesh Kunte had filed a plea against him for allegedly blaming the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, which is pending in a Bhiwandi Court in Thane.
A large number of Congress activists led by Deora, former city chief Milind Deora and other leaders have gathered at Mumbai Airport to welcome Gandhi.