Rahul Gandhi seeks SC to close Rafale contempt plea

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today urged the Supreme Court  to dismiss the contempt petition filed against him by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, insisting that it was the BJP lawmaker who was trying to drag the court into a political controversy for personal gains and political mileage.

The Congress president said the court should also make Meenakshi Lekhi pay up for abusing the judicial process by filing the contempt petition against him for his campaign remarks.

Rahul Gandhi had last week filed a similarly-worded affidavit to explain his first reaction to the April 10 court ruling  on use of leaked defence ministry documents for the Rafale review petition. Gandhi had then remarked that the court had said “Chowkidar chor hai “(the watchman is a thief), repeating a slogan that Gandhi and the Congress have used to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gandhi has told the court that his remarks were not meant to obstruct administration of justice or scandalise the court in any manner. Gandhi also apologised for ascribing comments to the court and said this happened in the “heat of campaigning.”

The fresh affidavit is a response to the top court notice issued after Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi last week pointed that the judges had “not issued notice” to his client but only sought an explanation. At this, CJI Gogoi had issued notice to “cure that defect right away”.

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