The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed allegations against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi of kidnapping a girl in Uttar Pradesh and gang-raping her with his friends and fined the complainant politician from Uttar Pradesh.
Fining the petitioners Rs 10 lakh -- to be divided equally amongst Gandhi and the rape victim, the court said the lawsuit had damaged Gandhi's reputation.
"The allegation is without substance and without an iota of evidence," the judges were quoted as saying.
Former Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Kishore Samrite had alleged that on December 3, 2006 Rahul Gandhi and his six friends who were in Amethi, had abducted a girl and raped her.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was asked to investigate the allegations last year by the Allahabad High Court which was hearing the case at the time.