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RSS defamation case: Apologise or face trial, SC tells Rahul Gandhi
The Supreme Court has ordered Rahul Gandhi to either apologise for his remarks against RSS or face a trial for the same. Gandhi has been sued for defamation for blaming the Rashtriya Swayamseva Sangh (RSS) for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

"You can't make wholesale denunciation of an organisation. If you won't apologise, you will have to face trial," the court told Gandhi.

The defamation case was filed in Bombay High Court where Gandhi appealed for the dismissal of the same. The High Court defused to do the same. Gandhi had approached the Supreme Court asking for cancellation of the defamation case. A request that was refused by the Supreme Court.

The SC said, "You must face trial. Case must be decided on merits, whether what you spoke was for public good or not. You can't make wholesale denunciation of an organisation. Purpose of law is not to turn citizens into litigants, history is the biggest enemy of privacy."

Headed by Justice Deepak Misra, the bench said, "Why did you make a sweeping statement against the RSS branding everyone associated with the organisation in the same brush? You cannot collectively denounce a group?"

He has been given time till 27 July to prepare his arguments in the case.

The case was filed by RSS activist, Rajesh Kunte, in 2015. Kunte had alleged that at an election rally in Sonale on 6 March, Rahul Gandhi had said that "RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him...They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji."

On the basis of Kunte's complaint, the magistrate's court had initiated proceedings and issued notice to Rahul directing him to appear before it.

Gandhi had then approached the High Court seeking exemption from appearance and quashing of the complaint.

Gandhi had requested the court for a two-week adjournment since his lawyer, Kapil Sibal was not available before that. The court while rejecting the request, posted the matter for hearing on July 27.

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