The Supreme Court of India issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi today in connection with a contempt petition filed against him. The Apex court has sought an explanation from him on his comment of Rafale case.
The petition was filed by BJP Lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi last week. The petition has claimed- ‘the words used and attributed by him to SC in the Rafale case has been made to appear something else. He is replacing his personal statement as the Supreme Court’s order and trying to create prejudice’.
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. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the petition today and issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi seeking an explanation.
Apex court’s take on the petition
“We make it clear views attributed to this court by Rahul Gandhi in media or public on Rafale verdict have been incorrectly attributed,” the bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said today.
The bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said, “Having clarified the matter we deem it appropriate to seek an explanation of Gandhi.” The Congress chief has been asked to explain his comments before the next hearing on April 23.