Rafale: Supreme Court issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday issued criminal contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “chowkidar chor” remarks on the Rafale judgment, which the apex court had said were “incorrectly attributed” to it.

The top court said it will hear on April 30 the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Gandhi along with the pending review petition against the December 14, 2018 verdict in the Rafale jet deal.

The top court rejected the plea of Gandhi to close the criminal contempt petition filed by Lekhi.

On hearing senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of Gandhi in the contempt petition “we deem it fit to issue notice to the respondent (Rahul) Gandhi,” a bench headed by Chief Justcie Ranjan Gogoi said.

“We also direct the registry to list the review petition along with the contempt petition next Tuesday,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said.

At the outset the bench asked senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Lekhi to apprise it about the content of the affidavit filed by Gandhi in which he had expressed regret over his remarks, which he claimed, were made in the “heat of political campaigning”.

The bench sought to know from Rohatgi about content of the affidavit.

At this moment the CJI said, “We have not read the affidavit. Tell us what Rahul Gandhi has said.”

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