Court summons Rahul, Yechury in defemation suit for linking RSS to Lankesh murder

Thane: A Thane court on Tuesday summoned Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury to appear before it on April 30 in a civil defamation suit filed by an RSS activist against them for alleging an RSS hand in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Vivek Champanerkar has sought Rs 1 each from Gandhi and Yechury as token compensation, claiming that the duo “defamed” RSS by linking it to Lankesh’s murder.

Lankesh was murdered outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.

A Mumbai court is also hearing a criminal defamation case filed by RSS activist and lawyer Dhrutiman Joshi against Gandhi and Yechury over the same issue.

Joshi has said that Gandhi, after the scribe’s murder, criticized RSS and said, “Anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP, against the ideology of RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed.”

He has also stated in his complaint that Yechury was heard saying that it was the “RSS ideology and the RSS men” who killed Lankesh.