Lucknow: Coming down hard on people filing
frivolous petitions, the Allahabad High Court on Monday slapped a
penalty of Rs 50 lakh on a former SP MLA who alleged that
Rahul Gandhi had kept in captivity a girl and her parents,
which later turned out to be false.
The Lucknow bench of the High Court also ordered a CBI
probe against the former legislator from Madhya Pradesh
Kishore Samrite who had moved a habeas corpus petition against
the AICC general secretary.
The order was passed by a division bench of justices
Umanath Singh and Satish Chandra after the girl, Sukanya, who
according to the petitioner was held captive by Rahul, denied
any such incident when she was produced in court.
The court also ordered action against a website
displaying news items relating to the Sukanya alleged
Samrite had alleged that Sukanya and her parents were
held captive by Rahul and sought directions to the police for
producing them in court.
A similar petition was filed by Gajendra Pal Singh,
who claimed to be a relative of Sukanya, after which the court
ordered the DGP to produce the girl and her parents before it.
As per the court order issued on Friday last, Director
General of Police Karamveer Singh today produced the girl and
her parents before the court.
The girl told the court that her actual name is Kirti
Singh and that Balram Singh and Sushila are her parents and
their identification was done by incharge of Amethi police
Kriti told the court that neither she nor her parents
were under illegal detention of any person nor has she any
information regarding the news item being displayed by the
On the basis of deposition made by Kirti, the court
imposed a cost of Rs 50 lakh on the petitioner and taking suo
moto cognisance of an effort to defame a high profile
personality, ordered a CBI probe.