Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rahul Gandhi ‘incorrectly attributed’ Rafale comments to Supreme Court, says bench

NEW DELHI, APRIL 15: The Supreme Court on Monday said that remarks made by Rahul Gandhi on its recent order in a Rafale case “have been incorrectly attributed to this court”.
The top Court has admitted BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi’s criminal contempt plea against the Congress president and told him to explain his comments by April 22.
On April 10, the Supreme Court had allowed leaked documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking review of its Rafale judgment and dismissed the Government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. A few hours after that, Rahul had spoken to journalists in Amethi where he had gone to file his nomination papers.
Rahul said he was happy that the Supeme Court order had proved his charge against the Prime Minister right on the Rafale deal.
He also elaborated on his oft-repeated charge against the Prime Minister on the Rafele deal and mentioned the Supreme Court order in the same context.
The Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “We make it clear that views, observations, findings attributed to this court in the alleged speeches, remarks made by Gandhi to media/public have been incorrectly attributed to this Court. We also make it clear that this Court had no occasion to make such observation in as much as it was deciding legal admissibility of certain documents which were objected by the Attorney General.” The other 2 Judges on the Bench were of Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
“Having clarified the matter, we deem it appropriate to seek explanation of Gandhi,” the Court said.
The Bench said it will hear the matter on April 23. (TT with PTI)