The Supreme Court has slammed Rahul Gandhi, while hearing a plea by the Congress vice-president in a defamation case filed against him for his remarks about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Gandhi had alleged that the RSS was responsible for the death of Mahatma Gandhi.
Rapping Rahul, the Supreme Court bench observed, “Whether you spoke for the public good or not, the case must be decided on its merits. You can't make wholesale denunciation of an organisation.”
Observing that 'history is the biggest enemy of privacy', the SC said that the purpose of law was not to turn citizens into litigants. Subsequently, the apex court ordered Rahul Gandhi to detail his arguments in the case by July 27.
The apex court had on July 9 heard the plea of Gandhi seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order, refusing to quash the defamation case against him over his remark on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The apex court had earlier in April adjourned the plea till second week of May. Gandhi had earlier urged the apex court to reject the defamation case filed against him by the RSS in March. Gandhi's counsel had earlier argued that there are several judgements and evidences that would prove that the defamation case filed against him was frivolous.
According to reports, the Congress vice-president had also turned down the Supreme Court's offer to express regret for his comment holding the RSS responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination and get the defamation case filed against him buried. Earlier, Gandhi had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the RSS of trying to create disruption in plural but harmonious social fabric in Assam.