BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attributing his remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the apex court.
The BJP spokesperson accused Mr. Gandhi of contempt of court and said he attributed the statement, “chowkidar chor hai(watchman is a thief)”, to the Supreme Court as saying in its order and tried to create prejudice.
Lekhi in her plea said the Congress President Rahul Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.
Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who represented Meenakshi Lekhi in the court today, said that the Congress president made a remark that the “Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear Ms. Lekhi’s request on Monday, April 15.
Soon after Mukul Rohatgi’s comments, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hits back at Rahul Gandhi and accused him of contempt of court, saying he had misquoted the top court.
Ms Sitharaman said the court order was limited to whether it should consider the documents the government said were illegally obtained by petitioners. “Rahul Gandhi has completely shown his frustration by saying what the court had not said,” Ms Sitharaman said.