Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on Wednesday in connection with the defamation case filed against him by an activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The Bhiwandi Court gave him bail on a personal surety and scheduled the next hearing for January 30.

“I’m happy that I can now continue my fight,” he said while addressing Congress workers after the hearing ended. “On one side, there’s the ideology of freedom, and on the other, there is slavery. I’m fighting those who wish to subdue every citizen of the country,

On September 1, he had told the Supreme Court he was ready to be put on trial for defaming the RSS, adding that he stood by what he said about the right-wing body being responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi had earlier told the top court that he had not blamed the RSS but “people associated with it” for the assassination.

An RSS worker had filed a case against him in court after he blamed the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, in a pre-election speech in Maharashtra in 2014. The Congress leader had then moved the apex court seeking for the defamation case to be quashed.

Earlier, he had declined to settle the matter and refused to apologise for his remarks. On July 19, the apex court had told Gandhi that he “can’t make collective denunciations”.