New Delhi: In a major development, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a case filed against Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi by former Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Kishore Samrite in a case of alleged illegal confinement of a girl.
The apex court bench of Justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar, while passing the order, said the petition filed against the Congress leader was without substance which damaged his and his family`s reputation.
“Not an iota of evidence was found against Rahul Gandhi,“ the apex court said while directing Samrite to pay Rs 5 lakh to the Congress leader for filing baseless petition.
Samrite, a former MLA from Madhya Pradesh, had filed a plea seeking to set aside the directions issued against him by the Allahabad High Court in a case of alleged illegal confinement of a girl in which Rahul Gandhi`s name was also dragged.
The SP leader had challenged Rs 50 lakh fine imposed on him by the Allahabad High Court for approaching it with these allegations.
The Allahabad High Court on March 7, 2011 had also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to register a case against Samrite and to find out as to under what circumstances the PIL was filed.
With PTI Inputs