Top Court gives Rahul Gandhi a weeks time to explain why shouldn’t he be held for contempt on Rafale remarks

Rahul Gandhi who expressed regret over his comments misquoting the Supreme Court of India on the Rafale fighter jet deal order, was granted a week’s time to further explain, why he shouldn’t be held in contempt for suggesting that the court had endorsed his political attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him “Chowkidar Chor Hai”.

However, Rahul Gandhi’s physical presence is not required in the court.

In an affidavit Mr. Gandhi on Monday said that he had falsely quoted the top court as “rhetorical flourish in the heat of political campaigning” without having seen, read or analysed the order. Mr. Gandhi’s lawyer and Senior Congress leader, Abhishek Manu Singhvi requested that the case be closed.

Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who argued on behalf of the BJP objected, to which Mr. Singhvi said that the court asked for an explanation by his client and had “not issued notice”.

To which the SC bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “You are pointing out we have forgotten to issue notice. We will cure it by issuing notice.”

Mr. Singhvi maintained that Rahul Gandhi’s statements accusing PM Modi of corruption in the Rafale deal were a political diatribe after the BJP claimed the court had cleared the government of any wrongdoing. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case next Tuesday, along with review petitions against its Rafale order.

 Source : Various