As it happened: Rahul Gandhi gets bail in defamation case
A magistrate’s court in Bhiwandi granted bail to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case on Wednesday.mumbai Updated: Nov 16, 2016 19:31 IST
A magistrate’s court in Bhiwandi granted bail to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case on Wednesday. The case was filed by an RSS (Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh) worker for Gandhi’s remarks blaming the outfit for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
He reached the court in neighbouring Thane at 10:45am. He will leave for Delhi immediately after the court proceedings as the Winter Session starts on Wednesday, said state Congress sources.
The case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte dates back to March 2014 when Rahul in his election speech at Bhiwandi blamed the organisation for its hand in assassination of the father of nation.
Here are the highlights:
11.43am: After addressing workers, Gandhi leaves Sahid Smarak
11.35am: “Is any businessman standing in the queue (outside banks)? Only common people will suffer. Modi will remove money from people’s pockets to favour the rich. We will raise this issue in Parliament. A total of 15 businessmen will benefit from the demonetisation move,” Gandhi says
11.33am: “The Congress will not step back and will fight for the people,” Gandhi says
11.31am: “Taking people’s money, Modi will waive off loans of industrialists in the coming year.”
11.30am: “PM Narendra Modi laughs and even sometimes cries, but he will give people’s money to the rich,” he says
11.28am: “We are talking people to stand straight and be free,” Gandhi says.
11.27am: “I am fighting those who want India to bow, but they do not know the energy of our country,” Gandhi says.
11.26am: Rahul quotes Mahatma Gandhi and says, “Any person who stands upright can’t be enslaved.”
11.24am: Gandhi asks people if they have Rs4,000 and the answer is a resounding ‘no’
11.20am: Gandhi is on the stage and will address Congress workers
11.19am: Gandhi visits Sahid Smarak in Bhiwandi
11.18am: Gandhi steps out of the court
11.15am: Petitioner’s lawyer says if Gandhi apologises the casecan be withdrawn
11.14am: Gandhi will appear before the court when required, his lawyer informs the judge
11.13am: Next date of hearing is January 28
11:12am: Congress leader Shivraj Patil gives surety
11.11am: Gandhi granted bail
11.10am: Traffic snarls reported on Bhiwandi flyover
11.08am: Court proceedings have started in the defamation case
10.48am: Court proceedings to begin shortly
10.47am: Congress workers come out in large numbers to rally behind Gandhi
10.37am: Ashok Chavan and Sanjay Nirupam are with Gandhi
10.35am: Congress supporters raise slogans
10.34am: Rahul Gandhi reaches Bhiwandi court
10.15am: The entry of vehicles has been barred
10.07am: Narayan Iyer says they will furnish surety before court today
10.05am: Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Nayaran Iyer says the truth will prevail
10am: The police are using public announcement system around the court premises to ensure easy of traffic
9am: The police say all necessary security arrangements are in place