Hearing in RSS defamation case postponed because complainant and Rahul Gandhi are both unavailable

Rahul Gandhi granted waiver from appearing before judge in Thane district . Rahul Gandhi was convicted by a Kuntes lawsuit that he claimed that the RSS people murdered (Mahatma) Gandhi at an election rally near Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014 .

THANE (today): Rahul Gandhi, the leader of Congress, was granted a waiver from appearing before a judge in Maharashtra's Thane district on Saturday, where he is being heard a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) employee.Narayan Iyer, Gandhi's counsel, applied for a waiver from appearance for him, stating that to vote in the vice-presidential election in Delhi, he must be in Delhi.Since Gandhi and complainant Rajesh Kunte were not present at the court in Bhiwandi, it postponed the trial's hearing to October 1.The investigation of witnesses has yet to begin.

Rahul Gandhi was convicted by a Kuntes lawsuit that he claimed that the RSS people murdered (Mahatma) Gandhi at an election rally near Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014.According to the lawsuit, he also slandered the Sangh.Advocate Iyer said that Judicial Magistrate (First Class) L C Wadikar accepted Gandhi's plea for a waiver from appearance on Saturday and that his bid for permanent exemption would be heard at the next hearing.Kunte was also barred from court on Saturday after an accident, claiming he was unable to walk properly.

Rahul Gandhi had petitioned the Supreme Court to dismiss the charge earlier this year.In July 2016, the apex court said he should not have resorted to collective condemnation of an organization and would face charges if he expressed regret for his remark.The Congress leader refused to accept the idea and pledged to face a lawsuit.