Rahul Gandhi had said in 2016: “Our soldiers who have shed their blood in Jammu and Kashmir, who have conducted the surgical strikes, you [PM Modi] are hiding behind their blood. You are cashing in on their sacrifice…”
New Delhi: The Delhi Police have found no actionable offence to have been committed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘hiding behind the blood of soldiers’ remark made against PM Narendra Modi at a rally at Jantar Mantar in 2016 after the surgical strikes.
But, the closure report filed by the Delhi police has also left much margin for embroiling the Congress president in yet another legal tangle.
While the Delhi police had not cared to investigate a sedition complaint filed originally at the Parliament Street police station in this regard lodged by advocate Joginder Tuli, the closure report came in the wake of cajoling by a Delhi court after Tuli moved his complaint in the court recently.
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While Tuli had alleged that Gandhi had committed the offence of sedition by saying so, the police closure report filed by sub-inspector Suneel Siddhu of the said, “It is submitted that as per the contents of the complaint, no cognisable offence is made out.”
But, the report conceded that the remarks made by Gandhi were “defamatory”.
“Sh Rahul Gandhi made the above defamatory statement against Sh Prime Minister Narendra Modi for which a defamatory suit may be filed by the individual against whom the statement was made,” the report added.
Consequently, the Rouse Avenue Court ordered to hear the matter next on May 22 and decide whether an FIR should be lodged against Gandhi.
Gandhi had, at a rally at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar after his Kisan Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, said:
“Jo hamare jawan hain, jinhone apna khoon diya hai Jammu Kashmir mein…jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiya hai, unke khoon ke peeche aap chupe hue ho. Unki app dalali kar rahe ho. Ye bilkul galat hai.”
(Our soldiers who have shed their blood in Jammu and Kashmir, who have conducted the surgical strikes, you are hiding behind their blood. You are cashing in on their sacrifice, that is wrong).
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Last Updated May 15, 2019, 1:44 PM IST