RSS defamation case – Bailable warrant against Sitaram Yechury for failing to appear before court
New Delhi. Mumbai court on Monday issued a bailable warrant against CPM leader Sitaram Yechury as he failed to appear before the court in a criminal defamation case filed by an RSS worker. The bailable warrant issued is of rs 2,000.
The case pertains to an RSS worker and lawyer Dhrutiman Joshi, who had filed a private complaint in a metropolitan magistrate’s court in Mumbai in 2017 against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury for allegedly linking the 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh to RSS ideology’.
Joshi had thus filed a complaint demanding criminal proceedings to be undertaken against both Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury for defaming RSS.
On February 18, the magistrate had ordered for process to be issued against Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury. After both the leaders missed the last few hearings, Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Kushal Mor said that he had not received the summons.
Kushal Mor reiterated the same on Monday and sought an enquiry as to why the summons had not reached Rahul Gandhi. He also sought another date in June for hearing.
However, complainant Dhrutiman Joshi antithetically said that, “Rahul Gandhi is only seeking an adjournment to June to delay the case. His party manifesto states that defamation should not be made a criminal offence and he is hoping that he will come to power so that he can do away with this act and the case thereafter.”
After hearing both the sides, the magistrate adjourned the case to April 30. Considering the fact that Yechury did not appear before the court nor was he represented by a lawyer even after the summons had reached him, the magistrate issued a bailable warrant against him.
Courtesy – India Today