Assam court summons Rahul Gandhi, to face trial in Criminal Defamation case, Read more
- Rahul Gandhi summoned as an accused by a magisterial court to face trial in a criminal defamation case for his remarks against the RSS
- He will face trial under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code
- If found guilty, he may face simple imprisonment for up to two years or fine or both
GUWAHATI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was today summoned as an accused by a magisterial court here to face trial in a criminal defamation case for his remarks against the RSS over temple entry episode in Barpeta last year.
Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate Sanjoy Hazarika summoned Gandhi on September 21 to face trial under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code which states, whoever defames another shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
Earlier on August 2, the court had deferred for today its decision whether to issue summons against the Congress vice president as an “accused” in the criminal defamation case here.
An 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.
Bora in his case claimed that Gandhi was supposed to go to the Satra on December 12, 2015 but he did not go there and instead took part in a padayatra.
Two days later on December 14, Gandhi told a press conference in Delhi that he tried to enter the Satra but was instead prevented from doing so by its elected members and RSS supporters, Bora stated in his case.
Describing the Congress leader’s assertion as a “blatant lie”, Bora said 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.
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