Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SC notice to Rahul on ex-MLA’s plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to Rahul Gandhi, UP government and four others on a petition filed by a former MLA challenging Rs 50 lakh fine slapped on him by the Allahabad HC in an alleged sexual exploitation case. A bench of justices V S Sirpurkar and T S Thakur while staying the HC order, which had also directed a CBI probe against the former legislator, asked the respondents to file their replies within four weeks. Former Samajwadi Party MLA from Madhya Pradesh Kishore Samrite had challenged the high court order, saying it was illegal and arbitrary and issued without application of mind. 
    The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court had last month slapped a penalty of Rs 50 lakh on Samrite who had moved a habeas corpus petition against Rahul alleging he had kept in captivity a girl and her parents, which later turned out to be false. The HC passed the order after the girl, Sukanya, who according to the petitioner was held captive by Rahul, denied any such incident when she was produced in court. 
    Samrite had alleged that Sukanya and her parents were held captive by Rahul and sought directions to the police for producing them in court. PTI 

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