GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today appeared in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup (Metro), in connection with the Barpeta Satra criminal defamation case, where he was allowed to go on Personal Recognisance (PR) bond of Rs 50,000.
Gandhi was allowed to go on PR bond by the Court of Sanjoy Hazarika, as he appeared in person and also in deference to his status of MP.
The next date of hearing has been fixed on November 5, when the Congress MP from Amethi would be explained his offence, and the Court would ask him whether he pleads guilty or not.
After entering the courtroom, Gandhi�s lawyers, including Angshuman Bora, moved the prayer for release on PR bond, which was not objected to by advocate Bijon Kumar Mahajan, the counsel for the complainant, RSS worker Anjan Bora.
Bora had filed the criminal defamation case against Gandhi after the latter reportedly stated that he was not allowed to enter a Satra in Barpeta by RSS workers.
Earlier today, top Congress leaders accompanied Gandhi to the Court premises, including former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his MP son Gaurav Gogoi, AICC general secretary CP Joshi, former Minister Rakibul Hussain, MP Ripun Bora and Congress Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia.
Hundreds of Congress workers had flocked the Court premises even before Gandhi appeared in the Court and shouted slogans in support of their party.
After coming out of the Court, Gandhi paid tributes at the statue of Swahid Kushal Konwar at the Nehru Park located adjacent to the Court.