According to gandhiji, it is very bad to speak any lie in any case.
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 i have the answer to the incident which you r saying about gandhiji convicted of lying

what happened is gandhiji disliked gymnastics and other saturday, he had to go from home to school at four o clock in the afternoon. the clouds decieved him as he had no watch. on reaching school,he found out that all the boys had left already.when asked for the reason of his absence, he told everything to his teache, mr.gimi.he was convicted of lying! he could not proe his innocence and learnt that day that a man of truth must also be a man of care.