Rahul Gandhi, vice president of Congress was summoned yesterday as an accused by a magisterial court to face trial in a criminal defamation and a case for his remarks against the RSS over temple entry episode in Barpeta last year.
Gandhi was summoned by Sanjoy Hazarika, the Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate on September 21 under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code to face trial. The section states that whoever defames another shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
The criminal defamation has been filed by Anjan Bora, an RSS volunteer in the CJM, Kamrup’s court. Bora alleged that that Gandhi had tarnished the image of the organisation by saying that he was not allowed by RSS members and to enter a 16th century Vaishnavite monastry, Barpeta Satra, on December 12, 2015 in Assam.
Bora in his case alleged that Gandhi was supposed to go to the Satra on December 12, 2015 but he didn’t and took a padayatra instead.