First class judicial magistrate S V Swami granted Rahul's prayer for exemption moved by his counsel citing his busy schedule due to assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana.
Swami had directed the Congress leader to be present in the court on Tuesday in connection with a case filed by secretary of Bhiwandi unit of RSS Rajesh Kunte, who had claimed Rahul had "distorted history" and "defamed" the organization by alleging that "RSS people had killed Mahatma Gandhi".
The court directed that Rahul be present himself before it on January 7, the next date of hearing.
The magistrate had on July 11 ordered processes to be issued against Rahul under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (defamation) to ensure his presence before the court for allegedly accusing RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, while addressing an election rally at Sonale village on March 6.
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