Congress President Rahul Gandhi is going to appear in a Maharashtra court on June 12 to attend a hearing in connection with a defamation case. The case was filed against him by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Rahul will attend the hearing at 11 am and hours later he would meet the party’s booth-level workers.
On May 2, the Bhiwandi court had asked Gandhi to record his plea in the defamation case filed against him on June 12. The court heard arguments on Rahul Gandhi’s application that sought a detailed recording of evidence instead of a ‘summary trial’. The court ruled that it would pass an order on the application and would also record the defendant’s plea on the aforementioned date.
The defamation case was filed in 2014 by an RSS worker named Rajesh Kunte. Kunte watched the speech delivered by Rahul in Thane’s Bhiwandi in which he said that RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. The court is likely to frame charges against the Congress leader on his appearance.
It’s interesting to observe that on one hand RSS recently hosted former President and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee but on the other hand the outfit has refused to drop the case against Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi.
The meeting between Rahul Gandhi and booth-level workers is a first of its kind as it’s going to be the first time that Gandhi would interact with party workers after taking charge of the position of Congress President. It’s a part of the drive to mobilize party workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls and is similar to the outreach programme exercised by BJP.