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Bhiwandi court grants bail to Rahul in RSS defamation case

Bhiwandi court grants bail to Rahul in RSS defamation case

Thane (Maharashtra): A magistrate's court in Bhiwandi granted bail to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is accused in a defamation case, on Wednesday.

The next hearing in the case, filed by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist, Rajesh Kunte, was fixed for January 28, 2017.

A local RSS functionary Rajesh Kunte had filed the case against Gandhi for claiming at an election rally on March 6, 2014, that the right wing organisation had killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Though the Supreme Court has stayed the proceedings against him, Gandhi appeared before magistrate DP Kale in Bhiwandi on July 8 last year.

Gandhi had in September withdrawn his petition filed in the apex court, challenging the case and said he would face the trial.

He had expressed his readiness to face the trial after the top court refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him before the trial court.

He had moved the apex court challenging the order of the Bombay high court refusing to quash the defamation case and summons issued to him by the trial court.

After the withdrawal of the case, the court had summoned Gandhi for further proceedings.

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