Instead of apologizing, which is the flavor of the season, Rahul Gandhi today asked a Bhiwandi court hearing a defamation suit against him, filed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), to convert the hitherto summary trial into a regular, full-fledged, summons trial. Well done Mr. Gandhi. The case was filed against the Congress leader by Rajesh Kunte, secretary of the Bhiwandi unit of RSS. He believed Rahul’s statement about the RSS and Gandhi’s murder was defamatory. Earlier, on 24th August 2016, the Supreme Court had stated that the criminal defamation case against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi might not be sustainable for making remarks against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“We understand that the accused never blamed RSS as the killer of Gandhi,” the court said after perusing a statement made by Rahul Gandhi before the Bombay high court.
The difference between a summary and a summons trial is that the former is a kind of, ‘Chat mangni pat byah,’ for the magistrate, and given the times we live in, when the Chief Justice is accused of fixing trial outcomes, such a speedy verdict on the murder of India’s Mahatma is hardly desirable.
A summons trial, however, is more like a prolonged love affair where you get closer to knowing the true substance of the matter. And, for the father of the nation, only long love affairs will do.
In India, nine offenses have been singled out for summary trials. Of these the only offence that comes close to Rahul’s case is number VI: Insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, under S. 504, and criminal intimidation punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both, under S. 506 of the Indian Penal Code. This is hardly applicable in the case of Gandhi For Gandhi. Especially, considering, Sardar Patel himself believed the RSS was culpable.
So, bring on the evidence you RSS history fakers and twisters, bring it on if you can. Or, concoct it once more in the clear light of day and show us your true colors. Let’s decide, once and for all, why Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (and not Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi, as Mr. Modi called him) was murdered.
Edited by Adam Rizvi