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Rahul Seeks Permanent Relief From Court Appearance In Defamation Case

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Mumbai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has sought permanent exemption from appearing before a court in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi in a defamation case. He has been accused of defaming the RSS by holding it responsible for the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.

In 2014, Kunte had filed a case against Gandhi after watching Gandhi’s speech in Thane’s Bhiwandi Basti, where the Congress leader alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Kunte had claimed this statement slandered the reputation of the RSS.

In his application submitted on Tuesday, Gandhi said that being a Member of Parliament (from Wayanad in Kerala), he has to visit his constituency, attend party work and travel a lot, so he has to personally Have to visit the court. exemption from attending

His lawyer Narayan Iyer said Gandhi has also said in his application that he should be allowed to be represented by his lawyer in the hearing whenever necessary.

On Tuesday, Kunte also moved an application seeking exemption from appearance as he was unwell, which was allowed by the court.

In 2018, the court had framed charges against Gandhi in the case, but he pleaded not guilty.

Last month, as per the directions of the court, Kunte paid Rs 1,500 to Gandhi as he (Kunte) sought an adjournment in the case.

Kunte had moved applications seeking adjournment in the case twice – in March and April – which the court had rejected and asked him to pay Rs 500 (for March) and Rs 1,000 (for April) to Gandhi.

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