19 July, New Delhi
The Supreme Court Tuesday observed that Rahul Gandhi, who blamed RSS for assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, should not have resorted to “collective denunciation” of an organisation. The court said Gandhi will have to face trial in the defamation case if he does not express regret.
The bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman said the court has held it may be historically correct but the fact or the statement has to meet the test of public good. You can’t make collective denunciation. The bench questioned the speech made by Rahul Gandhi. The apex court said that they have applied their mind and Rahul Gandhi will have to face the trial in the case.
Meanwhile, Congress today said its Vice President Rahul Gandhi will not tender an apology over his remarks against the RSS. It said . Gandhi will instead substantiate the allegations with facts and evidence before the court.
Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said such a suggestion was also made in the past which was not accepted by Mr. Gandhi. He said Mr Gandhi is a mature politician with intimate knowledge of historical facts and the party and he will defend these remarks at appropriate forum.