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Rape allegation against me mudslinging: Rahul Gandhi

IANS  New Delhi, September 24, 2012
First Published: 21:28 IST(24/9/2012) | Last Updated: 21:53 IST(24/9/2012)

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on 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".

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"It is a clear case of sinister political mudslinging against a promising young leader of the country," senior counsel PP Rao, appearing for Gandhi, told the apex court bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar.

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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