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SC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi for remarks on Rafale verdict

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: April 23, 2019
URL:    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/supreme-court-issues-notice-to-rahul-gandhi-in-meenakshi-lekhis-contempt-petition/articleshow/69004378.cms

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on the Rafale judgment, which the apex court had said were "incorrectly attributed" to it. The top court said it will hear on April 30 the criminal  contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Gandhi along with the pending review petition against the December 14, 2018 verdict in the Rafale jet deal.

The top court rejected the plea of Gandhi to close the criminal contempt petition filed by Lekhi. "On hearing senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of Gandhi in the contempt petition we deem it fit to issue notice to the respondent (Rahul) Gandhi," a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. "We also direct the registry to list the review petition along with the contempt petition next Tuesday," the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said.

Faced with a petition accusing him of contempt of court, Gandhi on Monday had expressed regret before the SC for unintentionally linking the SC's April 10 order on petitions seeking review of the Rafale verdict to his "chowkidar chor hai" political campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his explanation to the court he had said that his remarks in Hindi were made "in a rhetorical flourish in the heat of the moment". (With inputs from PTI)In Video:SC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi over remarks on Rafale verdict
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