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SC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi on contempt petition for remarks on Rafale case

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The on Monday issued notice to on a petition filed against him by for allegedly making contemptuous remarks in connection with its order on admissibility of certain document in the Rafale deal.

A bench headed by sought an explanation from Gandhi on or before April 22 for allegedly misquoting the court. It posted the matter for hearing to April 23.

The bench also comprising Justices and observed that it had not commented or said or passed any remark against as it was primarily deciding the admissibility of certain documents cited in petitions seeking review of the December 14 verdict in the Rafale deal.

Lekhi has claimed, "The words used and attributed by him to the in the Rafale case were made to appear something else. He was replacing his personal statement as the Supreme Court's order and was trying to create prejudice."

The contempt petition accused Gandhi of misquoting the order when he said the apex court had accepted that 'chowkidar' (a reference to Narendra Modi), is a "chor' (thief).

"has misquoted the order and he made the remarks to influence voters during the Lok Sabha elections," Lekhi had said.

The court had fixed the hearing of the plea for today after it was mentioned by Mukul Rohatgi on April 12.

Gandhi, while speaking to the media in Amethi, had said, "The Supreme Court has made it clear that "chowkidar" allowed "theft and that it had accepted that some sort of corruption had taken place in the Rafale deal".

The court had on April 10 dismissed the Centre's preliminary objections claiming "privilege" over three Rafale documents cited in petitions seeking review of the December 14 verdict on the fighter jet deal.

In a unanimous judgement, the court had allowed the admissibility of the three documents and said the review pleas will be heard on merits.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:37 IST