Congress wondered as to why RSS has not filed defamation cases against people including scholars who like Rahul Gandhi have held that those associated with the Sangh were responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Party spokesman Kapil Sibal, who as senior advocate is defending Rahul in the Supreme Court in the case, asked the RSS why it has not filed a case against Gopal, brother of Nathuram Godse, who had insisted that all the four brothers including the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, were in the RSS.
Noting that when L K Advani denied Nathuram’s link with RSS, Gopal Godse had rebuked him saying it was cowardice to say that, Sibal told reporters that Gopal had said “you can say RSS did not pass a resolution, but hatched conspiracy to kill Gandhiji”.
“All the brothers were in RSS. You can say we grew up in the RSS…He said he left the RSS. He said it because Golwalkar and RSS were in a lot of trouble after the murder of Gandhi. But, he did not leave the RSS,” Sibal quoted Gopal as saying.
Besides, he said a February 4, 1948 government communique said “Undesirable, even dangerous activities are carried by the Sangh. It has been found that…in several parts of the country individual members of the RSS have indulged in acts of violence, arson, robbery & murder”.
Sibal said that a book written by Shyam Chand titled “Saffron Fascism” refers to a letter by Jawaharlal Nehru in which he wrote that the murder of Gandhiji was part of a wider campaign organised by the RSS. In the book, it is also mentioned that Sardar Patel said it was a fanatical wing of the Hindu Mahasabha, under Savarkar that hatched the conspiracy and saw it through. “It has also been written that when Gandhiji died the RSS distributed sweets. It is a part of historical facts….How is it Rahul Gandhi is sought to be prosecuted for defamation?” he wondered.