Thursday, October 18, 2012

SC dismisses rape charges against Rahul, orders CBI to probe role of Mulayam, Akhilesh as instigators

NEW DELHI: Dismissing petitions against Rahul Gandhi over alleged rape and kidnapping charges, the Supreme Court directed CBI on Thursday to probe the role of top Samajwadi Party leadership over allegations of instigating the petitioners.

Former SP MLA Kishore Samrite, who was one of the petitioner, had earlier claimed that he had filed the case at the directions of top Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Alkhilesh Yadav.

The apex court said charges against Rahul Gandhi were utterly false, misleading and motivated and there was not even an iota of evidence against him.

It maintained that Rahul's image and reputation had been damaged because of the false and misleading petitions.

Rahul had earlier told the Supreme Court that the allegations against him that he wrongfully confined and raped a woman in his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency were an act of "sinister political mudslinging".

The Supreme Court also modified the Allahabad HC order which had imposed Rs 50 lakh fine on the petitioners and asked both of them to pay Rs 5 lakh each as fine.

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