BJP moves Supreme Court against Rahul Gandhi's remarks on Rafale
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday moved the Supreme Court (SC) against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea on April 15.
BJP MP Meenakshi lekhi in her plea said that after the Supreme Court's ruling in Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi misquoted the top court and tried to create prejudice.
In the plea, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi has sought contempt action against Rahul Gandhi for attributing his "Chowkidar chor hai [watchman is thief]" remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court agrees to hear on April 15, a contempt petition of BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress President Rahul Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/yDSbDJ8qAG— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2019
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Meenakshi Lekhi, told the bench that the Congress president made a remark that the "Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai" in the verdict.
Earlier, the BJP had accused Rahul Gandhi of gross contempt of court, saying that the latter, out of frustration, attributed to the Supreme Court what it had never said in its order on the Rafale deal.
"The Congress president probably doesn't read even half a paragraph of the court's order, but here, by saying that the court has has said 'chowkidaar chor hai', it is verging on contempt of court," Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a press conference.
A day later, on Thursday, the Congress demanded the resignation of Nirmala Sitharaman and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, accusing them of hiding the facts from the Supreme Court.