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Rahul Gandhi issued criminal contempt notice by Supreme Court over Rafale remarks

The Supreme Court will hear the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on April 30.

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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.

Also read: What Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court in his plea over his Rafale remarks

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

Rohatgi said the Congress President has “admitted” that he made a “wrong statement” relating to the April 10 verdict of the apex court which merely had rejected the preliminary objections of the Centre on admissibility of certain documents to adjudicate the review petition in the Rafale case.

“Rahul Gandhi said he made the statement in a euphoric manner,” Rohatgi said and added that Gandhi had made the wrong statement without reading or seeing the April 10 order.

Referring to the affidavit filed by Gandhi on Monday, the senior advocate said “The apology is in a bracket.”

“According to me it is not an apology. Actually a least service of apology,” Rohatgi said.

He said the top leader of a main political party is making a statement that “chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” without reading even the order of the apex court.

Questioning the tone and tenor of the affidavit filed by Gandhi, Rohtagi asked how can he make a petty comment on the judgement when he has “so many lawyers at his command”.

“There has to be some limit to cavalier statements,” Rohatgi said.

While Rohatgi was making the submission, the bench said, “We have seen what is there within the bracket. In the affidavit, Gandhi had used the word regret by putting bracket within it while giving explanation to the apex court.”

The senior advocate said, “Though Gandhi is not saying now that Supreme Court had said chowkidar chor hai he is still continuing with the expression in his election campaigning.”

“Contrition has to be expressed at first instance and unequivocally,” he said.

After Rohtagi completed his submission, senior advocate and Congress leader A M Singhvi sought to defend Gandhi by telling the court that the BJP leader’s counsel should not be allowed to use the apex court’s forum as a political pulpit.

Singhvi said the apex court wanted an explanation from Gandhi and he has complied with the April 15 direction.

While Singhvi was making submission, the bench said, “Perhaps notice was not issued on the criminal contempt petition filed by Lekhi.”

Though the senior advocate said the court was kind enough not to issue the notice, the bench said it can still issue notice.

“We have forgotten to issue notice. We will issue notice,” the bench said.

Singhvi continued with the argument and said the Prime Minister and the ruling part has been interpreting the apex court December 14, 2018 verdict on Rafale deal as a clean chit given to the government.

Further Singhvi said how can political flogging be allowed to go on.

While Singhvi was making the argument, the bench interrupted and dictated the order.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi is defaming backward community by calling all Modis thieves, says PM Modi


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  1. That is the end of political journey of an unwilling dynasty member. Until the matter reached the Apex Court, he was being by design instigated to tell lies, only lies and nothing else. Rahul need not wait until May 23. His fate will be sealed on 30th April 2019. That day he will feel genuinely relieved.

  2. Chor thieves, looters, curropted. All of them. Wasting public funds. Instead of helping deprived.

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