RSS defamation case: Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty, petitioner alleges bias by Bhiwandi police

Bhiwandi: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) activist Rajesh Kunte on Tuesday accused the Bhiwandi Police of bias towards him and giving special treatment to Rahul Gandhi in connection with a defamation case filed by him against the Congress chief.

''Special treatment was given to Rahul Gandhi and his people. I am the complainant and still was not allowed inside court without being frisked but Rahul Gandhi and his people went in without frisking despite him being accused. Police was biased,'' Rajesh Kunte told reporters outside the court.

Kunte made this remark shortly after the Bhiwandi trial court ordered the framing of charges against Rahul Gandhi in connection with the case.

As the proceedings began inside the court and judge AI Sheikh read out the charges against him, Rahul Gandhi said, ''I am not guilty."

The court also posted the matter for next hearing on August 10.

Rahul Gandhi had landed in troubled waters for allegedly saying that ''the RSS was behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.''

The Congress president had made these remarks during an election rally on March 6, 2014.

Offended with his remarks, Kunte had filed a case accusing Rahul Gandhi of attempting to defame the RSS - the parent organisation of the BJP - which in power at the Centre and in 21 states.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier failed to appear before the trial court and his lawyer had pleaded the court f...

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