Gandhi has pleaded ‘not guilty’ in the case. Rahul arrived at the magistrate’s court in Bhiwandi and appeared before civil judge A I Sheikh, who read out the charges levelled against him and also the statement of the complainant Rajesh Kunte.
The court then proceeded to frame charges against the Congress leader under IPC sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation). Next hearing for the case is on August 10.
On May 2, the court in Bhiwandi had asked Gandhi to appear before it today to record his plea in the defamation case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014.