Defamation case against Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about VD Savarkar

The Maharashtra Police on Friday filed a defamation case against former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar.

The case was lodged on a complaint filed by Shiv Sena Shinde faction leader Vandana Suhas Dongre on Thursday, PTI reported.

Rahul Gandhi was booked under Section 500 (defamation) and 501 (printing or engraving matter knowing it to be defamatory) of the Indian Penal Code.

Congress leader had criticised Savarkar during the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra on Tuesday. “He [Savarkar] was jailed in Andaman for two three years. He started writing mercy petitions,” Gandhi had said, according to PTI.

Gandhi claimed that Savarkar was afraid of the British while Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhbhai Patel spent years in jail and yet they never signed such petitions.

Savarkar’s grandson, Ranjit Savarkar, also filed a complaint with the police against Gandhi for insulting his grandfather. However, no FIR has been registered so far on his complaint.