New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Congress Thursday hailed the "landmark" Supreme Court order giving a clean chit to party leader Rahul Gandhi in an alleged rape case and indirectly attacked activist Arvind Kejriwal, saying levelling "baseless and cheap allegations in politics was dangerous for democracy and society".
"The way baseless and cheap allegations are being made in politics without any basis nowadays, is very dangerous for both democracy and society," Congress media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.
Hours after the Supreme Court said the allegation of gang rape against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and his friends was fake and ordered Rs.5 lakh compensation to him for damage to his reputation, Dwivedi said the party viewed the judgment in the wider context of "baseless" allegations being made in the public realm.
Without naming Kejriwal and his associates in India Against Corruption, who plan to launch a political party, Dwivedi said they were making false allegations.
"From where has this begun... If the birth is on the basis of falsehood, where will it end... I don't know," he said.
Kejriwal has been attacking Law Minister Salman Khurshid over allegations of misuse of funds in an NGO headed by him and the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana over alleged favours in land deals to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Kejriwal had also questioned Hooda over transfer of an Indian Administrative Service officer Ashok Khemka, alleging that he was shunted out because he ordered a probe into land deals between Vadra and realty major DLF.
According to Dwivedi, the Congress had been working for over 125 years due to some qualities and positive attributes. The Congress had never made baseless allegations aimed at political gains, he stressed.
"Congress never used such tools... It is our effort to remain a picture of the entire society," Dwivedi said.
"(Winning) on the basis of crime is not acceptable to the Congress. Everybody should be concerned about this," he added.
He said the Congress always emerged brighter and stronger whenever it was attacked and said the party will not give up its fight against falsehood. He also called upon the big political parties to separate politics from the path of levelling baseless charges to gain politically.
Replying to a query if the Congress should go to court on Kejriwal's allegations against Vadra, Dwivedi called upon the media to desist from sensationalism and said the no one has said no to a probe and one was on.
Dwivedi said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance I government had brought the Right to Information Act but it was being misused for blackmail, settling personal scores and impair administration.