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Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty in defamation suit

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in a criminal defamation case that came up for hearing before a local court in Bhiwandi. The case was filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte.

Kunte had filed the case alleging that Rahul in his speech at a Lok Sabha poll rally in 2014 had stated that the RSS was behind Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. According to reports the charges were framed under Sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Court put off hearing to August 10 after reading out the charges to Rahul Gandhi.

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