1 min read.Updated: 18 Oct 2012, 09:30 PM ISTLiz Mathew
The apex court orders a `5 lakh penalty on the former Samajwadi Party legislator who filed the case
New Delhi: With the Supreme Court dismissing a petition accusing party general secretary Rahul Gandhi of illegal confinement of a girl, the ruling Congress party, which has been caught in a series of charges of corruption and irregularities against its leaders, warned political parties against the “dangerous politics" of trading “low-level allegations".
“It is dangerous for politics the way today; very cheap, very low-level allegations are being traded in the political arena." Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said. Dwivedi said the apex court had cited 16 reasons for abuse of court by the petitioner, that included falsehoods, misstatement of facts and even filling incorrect sworn affidavits.
Dismissing the petition, the apex court on Thursday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should continue the probe against former Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator, Kishore Samrite, who filed the case, and all other persons responsible for abuse of process of court and committing such other offences as the agency may find.
The CBI has been asked to submit its report in six months. Samrite had claimed that he was instigated by top SP leaders into filing the charge. The SP extends an issue-based support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. Samrite had claimed that Gandhi and friends had abducted and raped a woman in Uttar Pradesh in December 2006. The court said the petition was “mala fide" and “motivated petition primarily based on political mudslinging". It said: “The petition was primarily aimed at hurting the reputation and image of respondent No.6 (Gandhi) out of ulterior motives and political vendetta."
The order was passed on a plea filed by Samrite challenging a Allahabad high court order that dismissed his plea against Gandhi and imposed a cost of ₹ 50 lakh for filing a frivolous petition.
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