The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a contempt notice to Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi in plea by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi for linking the Supreme Court with his “Chowkidar Chor Hi” statement against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when Supreme court had never said such words.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and stated that this will be heard on April 30 when the court is also going to hear the Rafale review petitions.
During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi appearing for Meenakshi Lekhi termed the affidavit filed by Gandhi as just a lip service and said that Rahul Gandhi didn’t issue an apology.
“It is inconceivable that Supreme Court will say something like “Chowkidar Chor hai”. I am expressing regret only for attributing that to Supreme Court,” Singhvi added.
He also added that no formal notice was issued in this case so far and hence requested the court to close the case against him.
On this CJI said, “We can cure that defect right away by using the notice of contempt against you.”
In a criminal contempt case, when the court issues notice, the person to whom notice is issued must appear in person unless exempted by the court itself, which means Rahul Gandhi will have to appear in court in person on April 30.