The Supreme Court on Monday sought an explanation from Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a case of contempt filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. The top court said that Gandhi must file his response by next Monday, when it will hear the case again.
The Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, according to Livelaw website, said, ” This court had no occasion to record any such views or make observations in as much as what was decided by this court was the legal admissibility of certain document to which objections were raised by AG.”
Lekhi, in her petition, had alleged Gandhi wrongly attributed chowkidar chor hai (Watchman is thief) comments to the Supreme Court. She had said, “Filed a Criminal Court of Contempt against serial offender Rahul Gandhi. He attributed his own statements as Court’s verdict. Misrepresenting and lowering the dignity of the SC. Vilifying the Constitutional authorities!”
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi represented Lekhi in the Supreme Court.
Earlier last week, when the top court rejected the Narendra Modi government’s objections on the admissibility of three key documents related to the Rafale deal, it was widely deemed as a huge setback to the Centre.
Reacting to the Supreme Court, Gandhi had told reporters, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently told in yet another scripted interview that the Supreme Court had given him a clean chit in the Rafale deal. Today, the Supreme Court has indicated a theft has taken place in the Rafale deal.” He added, “The entire country is saying that chowkidar has committed theft. It is a day of celebration that the Supreme Court has talked about justice.”
Modi had lost cool when an ABP News journalist had asked him about his role in the Rafale scam. He had replied angrily, “Will you not believe even the Supreme Court? If ABP News doesn’t believe in the Supreme Court, then there can be no bigger misfortune than this. Will you not trust the CAG? Will you not accept what the French President had to say?”
Modi has faced accusations that he personally favoured his billionaire friend Anil Ambani in the lucrative Rafale deal even though his company had no previous experience of building fighter jets.