SC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi over Rafale order remarks

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on the Rafale order by the top court.

The apex court said it will hear the contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi along with the petitions seeking review of its December verdict on Rafale fighter Jet deal by next Tuesday.

In his reply to apex’s court’s order seeking an explanation on a contempt petition filed by Meenakshi Lekhi, Rahul on Monday expressed regret over his remarks and said his statement was made in the “heat of political campaigning”, while adding that the same was misused by his political opponents.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing on behalf of Lekhi, submitted that Rahul had not offered any apology for attributing the ‘Chowkidar Chor hai’ remark to the court.

Senior advocate AM Singhvi defended the Congress president and said that Rahul had expressed regret for wrongfully mixing up Chowkidar remarks along with his comments on SC verdict in Rafale review petitions.

The Apex Court on April 15 said that remarks made by Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale case were “incorrectly attributed” to the top court.