The Congress Party on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict that a case against Rahul Gandhi, who had been accused by another politician of kidnapping a girl in Uttar Pradesh and gang-raping her with his friends, without substantial evidence hurts his reputation.
"In a landmark judgement today, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India dismissed with heavy cause a false, frivolous and politically motivated petition against Rahul Gandhi. The court found that the petitioner's had abused the process of the court in order to wrongly and deliberately malign and damage the public image and reputation of Gandhi. 16 reasons for abuse of court by the petitioners had been cited by the Supreme Court, including putting forth falsehoods, misstatement of the facts and even filing incorrect affidavits before the Supreme Court," said General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi.
"Heavy cost of Rs. ten lakh have been imposed against the petitioners by the Supreme Court. There was no illegal detention or rape by Gandhi and the allegations are false, entirely without substance and without an iota of evidence. A CBI investigation into the conspiracy hatched against Gandhi and a CBI investigation against the petitioners is to continue and the CBI is to report to the court within six months, including on the contradictory stand taken by the petitioner Kishore Samrite before the Supreme Court," he added.
The Supreme Court earlier today dismissed a case against Rahul Gandhi, saying 'the allegation is without substance and without an iota of evidence'.
The apex court, which fined former Samajwadi Party MLA Kishore Samrite Rs. five lakhs, said that Gandhi's reputation and that of his family had been damaged by the lawsuit.
The apex court also ordered Samrite to pay Rs. five lakh to the family of the girl.
Smrite had alleged that on December 3, 2006, Rahul Gandhi and his six friends who were in Amethi, had wrongfully confined a girl and raped her.
The apex court bench passed the order on an appeal filed by Samrite challenging the March 7, 2011 order of the Allahabad High Court, which had dismissed his plea against Gandhi and imposed a cost of Rs. 50 lakh on him for filing a frivolous petition.
The Allahabad High Court had also directed a CBI probe against the former MLA from Madhya Pradesh.
The Supreme Court today said that the CBI probe against Samrite will continue and asked the investigating agency to file a report before the appropriate court in Uttar Pradesh within six months. (ANI)