The Supreme Court Monday made it clear that remarks made by Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale case verdict were “incorrectly attributed” to the apex court and directed the Congress President to give his explanation by April 22.
Appearing for the BJP leader, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi said Gandhi had made a remark that the “Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict. Lekhi, In her petition, said Gandhi had attributed his personal remarks to the Top Court and tried to create prejudice.
The Supreme Court last week dismissed the Govt’s objections to the admissibility of certain documents that were relied on by the review petitioners and said it would examine the “secret leaked” documents while reviewing its Rafale judgment.
The documents at the centre of the row had been published by The Hindu newspaper in February, and one of these had also been released by the ANI news agency. The Court will now hear arguments on whether these documents raise any doubts about the deal for purchase of the 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.
Welcoming this move, Gandhi had said, “Bahut khushi ho rahi hai ki jo main mahino se keh raha hun ki Hindustan ke Pradhan Mantri ne Air Force ka paisa chori karke Anil Ambani ji ko diya hai, us baat ko aj SC ne maan liya hai, (I am happy that what I have been saying for months that India’s Prime Minister stole money from the Air Force and gave it to Anil Ambani, Supreme Court has validated that point today).”
He also dared the PM for an open debate. Soon after, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused Gandhi of making comments that verge on contempt of court’s order.