The Supreme Court on Monday sought an explanation from Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remark that the apex court in its verdict on Rafale fighter jet deal agreed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”.
The top court also made it categorically clear that the remarks by Rahul Gandhi on the verdict have been incorrectly attributed to the court. Last week, the Congress chief had said that the “Supreme Court has made it clear that Chowkidarji has committed a theft.”
Soon after, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi filed a petition in the Supreme Court claiming that “the words used and attributed by Rahul to SC in the Rafale case has been made to appear something else. He is replacing his personal statement as Supreme Court’s order and trying to create prejudice.”
While filing the petition, Lekhi had said that SC’s verdict was being misused by a person who’s himself out on bail. “This is completely bereft of facts. So people who are themselves corrupt are making this accusation is one part which we can fight at any public platform but dragging the SC in this battle is uncalled for,” Lekhi had said.
The issue revolves around Supreme Court’s last week verdict on the review petition filed by the former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, journalist Arun Shourie, and lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
The Court had allowed petitioners to rely on the “photocopied” confidential documents of the Rafale fighter jet deal published by a national daily. The top court had rejected the preliminary objections raised by the center over the documents.