SC junks review plea of ex-MLA in Rahul case

The court refused to interfere with its previous judgment on junking the petition by the former legislator from Madhya Pradesh.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2013 12:09 am

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition by former Samajwadi Party MLA Kishore Samrite against its order to pay Rs 5 lakh compensation to Rahul Gandhi for filing a plea “driven by malice and political vendetta”.

The court refused to interfere with its previous judgment on junking the petition by the former legislator from Madhya Pradesh,who had demanded a probe against Rahul in connection with an alleged abduction and rape in Amethi in 2006.

A Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and S A Bobde dismissed the petition on Tuesday during in chamber hearing. It also rejected Samrite’s request for an oral hearing. Review petitions are considered in judges’ chamber without presence of parties or lawyers.

“We have considered the averments in the review petition. Having regard to the facts and issues involved,in our opinion,no case for review is made out. There is no error in the impugned order,” the court said in its order.

Samrite had urged the court to reconsider its October 2012 verdict,whereby the court had dismissed his appeal against Allahabad HC order.

“It is a matter of regret that the process of the court has been abused by unscrupulous litigants to attain publicity and adversely affect the reputation of another politician,respondent No 6 (Rahul). One of the obvious reasons which can reasonably be inferred from the peculiar circumstances of the case is political rivalry,” the Bench had then held. In 2011,Samrite had filed a petition in the HC,seeking a probe against Rahul and others on the basis of a website report,which accused them of rape and detaining the alleged victim with her parents in Amethi.

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