Rahul Terms Rape Allegation ‘Political Mudslinging’
New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi Monday 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”.
Senior counsel P.P. Rao, appearing for Gandhi, before the apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said, “It is a clear case of sinister political mudslinging against a promising young leader of the country.”
The court was hearing a petition by Kishore Smrite who made allegations, based on a website report, that on Dec 3, 2006, while on a tour of his constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi along with his six friends committed rape of a woman and detained her illegally.
The Allahabad High Court earlier dismissed Smrite’s petition, ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe against him and imposed a cost of Rs.50 lakh.
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