Supreme Court dismisses rape charge against Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Oct 18: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi heaved a sigh of relief after he was absolved of rape charge. The Supreme Court on Thursday, Oct 18 gave a clean chit to Rahul against an alleged case of rape and abduction.

The court dismissed the case saying that the 2006 allegation of gang rape against him and his friends was fake. It also ordered that Gandhi be paid Rs 5 lakh as compensation for damage to his reputation. An apex court bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar held that the allegation was "without substance and not even an iota of evidence" was there to support it.

The apex court said that the CBI enquiry against the petitioner (Kishore Samrite) will continue and also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the petitioner.

Samrite has been asked to pay Rs 5 lakh to Rahul and Rs 5 lakh to the girl and her parents as compensation. The court also stated that the petition was full of malice.

Samrite had made allegations, based on a website report, that on Dec 3, 2006, while on a tour of his constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul along with his six friends committed rape of a woman and detained her illegally.

The Allahabad High Court had, too, earlier dismissed Samrite's petition, ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against him and imposed a cost of Rs 50 lakh.

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