Rahul in Mumbai; to appear before court in defamation case

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Mumbai: A day after publicly announcing his resignation as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi landed here Wednesday to appear before a local court in a defamation case.

An RSS activist has filed a defamation case against Gandhi for allegedly linking the organisation to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Gandhi arrived at the Mumbai airport in the morning and left for the court in south Mumbai.

The Mazgaon metropolitan magistrate’s court, in February, issued summons to Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in response to a private complaint filed by Dhrutiman Joshi, a lawyer and worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS.

Joshi had filed the complaint in 2017 against Rahul Gandhi, the then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

A private complaint is filed to seek directions from the court to the police to investigate a particular matter. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017.

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