BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday, 12 April, moved the Supreme Court to take criminal contempt action against Congress President Rahul Gandhi after the latter’s commented on the Rafale case where he welcomed the apex court order.
“I am happy, I have been saying so for months that India’s PM [Modi] has given the Air Force’s money to nil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it.”Rahul Gandhi
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea on Monday, 15 April, reported PTI.
Lekhi, who is a sitting Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi constituency, in her plea alleged that Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.
Lekhi, in her plea, said Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, told the bench that the Congress president reportedly made a remark that the “Supreme Court said chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict.
‘SC Made it Clear that PM Modi Committed a Theft’ Says Rahul, BJP Objects
The Congress president had on 10 April claimed that the apex court has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”.
He had made the statement while interacting with reporters in Amethi after filing his nomination papers where he is contesting against BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani.
Gandhi had also recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal.
“Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidar ji’ (watchman) has committed a theft,” Gandhi had told reporters after filing his nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency.
Additionally, Gandhi also claimed that the apex court has “accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale”.
This is attribution is what Lekhi objected to.
The apex court had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal with France. But on Tuesday, 9 April, said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by the petitioners.
By Misquoting SC, ‘Rahul is Showing Frustration’: Sitharaman
The Supreme Court had on Wednesday, 10 April, allowed the plea of petitioners relying on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them, reported PTI.
“I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he had added.
After these comments, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused Gandhi of contempt of court.
Sitharaman claimed Gandhi misquoted the court, and that order was only about whether the alleged illegally obtained documents submitted by the petitioners should be considered in court, reported NDTV.
“Rahul Gandhi has completely showed his frustration by saying what the court had not said,” added Sitharaman to NDTV.
(With inputs from PTI and NDTV)