GUWAHATI, March 3 - A criminal defamation suit was filed against All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup (Metro) today by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS).
The suit (case number C.R 559/16 under Section 500 of the IPC) was filed by RSS office-bearer Anjan Bora in the Court alleging that Gandhi, after returning from Barpeta to New Delhi in December last year, had made a defamatory statement before print and electronic media on December 12, 2015 that he was obstructed from entering the Barpeta Sattra premises by some RSS members.
The complainant, who was represented by advocates Bijon Kumar Mahajan and Arshad Choudhury, alleged that the statement made by the Congress leader was defamatory in nature and the latter had never visited the Sattra in the scheduled time and place and the fact was even corroborated by the Bura Sattradhikar of the Sattra through his statements made before the media.
�The Bura Sattradhikar even claimed that was no RSS member was present on that day,� the complainant alleged.
The CJM, Kamrup (Metro) Sanjoy Hazarika today examined the complainant on oath and two witnesses from the Sattra who are elected office-bearers of the Sattra under Section 200 of the CrPC and has fixed March 30 as the date for examining the remaining witnesses cited in the case under 202 CrPC.