In yet another U-turn, Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday told the Supreme Court that he stands by every word he said against the RSS and is ready to face trial in a defamation case.
I am ready to face trial for the comment against the RSS, Rahul Gandhi represented by his counsel told the Supreme Court. He even went to say that even Nathuram Godse's brother had said that the RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi.
A defamation case was slapped against Rahul after he had said at an election rally in Maharashtra that it was the RSS which killed Mahatma Gandhi. "RSS ke logo ne Gandhiji ko mara," he had said.
Last week, however, Rahul Gandhi had said he had not meant to blame the RSS for the Mahatma's assassination and seemed to want to wriggle out of the defamation case.
On Thursday, While withdrawing his petition which sought to quash the defamation charges against him, Rahul stuck to the "RSS killed Gandhi" line and said he was ready to stand trial.
His counsel, Kapil Sibal, wanted the Supreme Court to record in its order that Rahul wants to face trial as he "stood by every word of what he said against the RSS".
Rahul Gandhi will now appear before the trial court in Bhiwandi in the matter.
The court said that the trial will be conducted without being influenced by the decision of the Supreme Court.
The RSS counsel in his submissions said that whenever there is an election and where there are minorities, Rahul resorts to maligning the RSS.
"Nobody is interested in Godse, the target has always been the RSS", he submitted.