A Bhiwandi court on Tuesday framed charges against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker in 2014. Rahul, who appeared before the court, pleaded 'not guilty' following which charges were framed under section IPC 499 & 500 against him.
Earlier, the Congress president arrived at Mumbai airport on Tuesday to appear before a magistrate court in Bhiwandi, Thane, in connection with a defamation case filed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Rajesh Kunte.
It was filed following Gandhi's utterances at a rally in Thane in March 2014 in which he had accused the RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
Later, as a part of a crucial exercise ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi will travel to Mumbai. He will directly interact with the party's over 15,000 booth-level workers at a function in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon.
The function would mark the launch of a national endeavour, "Project Shakti". Via this, Rahul Gandhi would establish direct communication between the grassroots workers and the party's central leadership.
"Project Shakti will ensure connect with the ground-level workers. Also, it will help us look at problems of Mumbai at the micro level," tweeted Sanjay Nirupam.