New Delhi, May 8: Trying to be Salman Khan, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday appeared in a Mumbai court, despite he was given leeway by the Supreme Court in RSS defamation case. While appearing in Bhiwandi trial court, Rahul Gandhi said that he had come here to honour the commitment given to the court.
This is being seen as a desperate attempt by the Congress scion to garner media coverage. He knew it that the day will be full of media galore as High Court will hear the bail plea of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in 2002 hit and run case, so he will definitely get some media coverage.
Reportedly, Rahul Gandhi also spoke in a similar manner as Salman rehearsed a dialogue in one of his movies. "We respect the judiciary, that is why I am here. I had made a commitment to the court. I am here to fulfil that commitment," Rahul who spent less than 15 minutes in court said.
The court postponed the case for September 30.
Rahul Gandhi who recently returned from 56-day sabbatical is trying his best to do a makeover of the Congress which has been pushed to the wall by Modi led BJP. Congress VP cornered Modi government on a number of issues especially on Land acquisition Bill. Trying to give Congress an edge over the Modi government, Rahul Gandhi recently threw a lot of barbs on the latter.
What SC had said
On Thursday, the Supreme Court had stayed proceedings against him in criminal defamation case for allegedly blaming RSS for assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The case was filed by Rajesh Kunte, an RSS functionary.
"There shall be stay of further proceedings in a case pending before the trial court till the next date of hearing," a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant had said on Thursday.
The court had also tagged Rahul's petition in which he has also challenged the constitutional validity of the panel provisions dealing with criminal defamation along with that of politicians of rival parities, BJP's Subramanian Swamy and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Rajesh Kunte, the complainant, had alleged that the Congress leader said at an election rally at Sonale in Thane district on March 6 last year that an RSS worker killed Mahatma Gandhi. Kunte is secretary of the Bhiwandi unit of RSS. After he lodged the complaint, the magistrate issued notice to Rahul for his appearance.
(With inputs from PTI)