Facing defamation charges for saying the RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi persuaded the Supreme Court to drop the charges as his remark was “one of those which people generally ignore”.
In an emotional tone, Rahul pleaded that at times he says stuff that no one takes seriously. Then why this case was pursued with such fervour in the highest court of the land, he asked.
“Sometimes, I just say things…don’t take them all seriously,” Rahul told the apex court.
The Congress VP reminded the judge of all the things he said in the past but hardly anyone in the country had noticed.
“I once called India a beehive. Do you remember my lord?” asked Rahul. “No one cared two hoots about that. Actually, it had a lot of depth if you think about it…anyways you get my point, right?”
The judge replied, “Wait, you lost me there for a moment. So India is a beehive?”
“No, my lord. I mean, yes my lord…wait, don’t take my point seriously, my lord!”
“The point about my points.”
“Uff! This is way too confusing. The court is adjourned till the next hearing.”
Legal experts felt Rahul may be cleared in the case now that he cited some of his earlier incomprehensible comments. Rahul’s lawyer Kapil Sibal too looked confident of the case getting quashed.
According to Sibal, reciting the past questionable comments to prove innocence in the present comments case may ultimately give Rahul a ‘zero loss’ advantage, legally.
“He has nothing to lose now,” a beaming Sibal told reporters, flashing a V-sign.
When asked if it was time for Rahul to be elevated as the Congress President, Sibal flashed a V-sign again.
Political experts say the ‘V’ in the second V-sign may be tricky as it could have meant ‘vice president’, i.e. the party wants Rahul to continue as the vice president and not become its president.
Rahul was later asked by reporters which of his comments in future should be taken seriously.
To which he replied, “It’s simple. Whenever I roll up my sleeves during speeches and start a sentence with bhaiyya, understand that I am being serious.”