After pleading not guilty in Mumbai's Sewri Court against the defamation case filed by the RSS, ex-Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, has said that as the fight is between ideologies, the 'attack which is happening is fun' adding that his fight against the RSS will continue ten times stronger than the last five years.
"I did not say anything in court, had to just appear. It is a fight of ideology and I stand with the poor and the farmers. Attack is being done, I am having fun. About my resignation, I have said what I wanted to say in my letter yesterday. Our fight will continue ten times stronger than what we fought in the last five years," he said.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi plead not guilty in the defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker and was released on a surety of Rs 15,000 given by former MP Eknath Gaikwad.
The RSS worker - Dhrutiman Joshi had filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for defaming the RSS following the death of Gauri Lankesh in February 2019. The Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate court had summoned Gandhi and Yechury in the case on Thursday. It had dismissed the complaint against Sonia Gandhi and the CPI(M).
In the complainant, Dhrutiman Joshi stated that Rahul Gandhi, within 24-hours of the murder of the journalist, had criticised the RSS and alleged that "anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP, against the ideology of the RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed."
Lankesh, a senior journalist was murdered at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.
For a mere political score, the accused had unnecessarily dragged the name of RSS and it in a move to rake up negative sentiments in the minds of the people against the RSS," the complaint stated. Joshi had requested the court to charge the duo under section 499 (defamation) and section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).