New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi 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".
"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.
Rahul Gandhi said that the rape allegations against him were result of political mudslinging.
The court was hearing a petition by Kishore Smrite who made allegations, based on a website report, that on 3 December, 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.