Meenakshi Lekhi vs. Rahul Gandhi Contempt case: Live Updates from Supreme Court

Meenakshi Lekhi vs. Rahul Gandhi Contempt case: Live Updates from Supreme Court

Pallavi Saluja

The Supreme Court is hearing the contempt petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Lekhi had moved a contempt petition against Gandhi in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent judgment concerning maintainability in the Rafale review case.

When the matter came up for hearing on April 15, a Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna had asked Gandhi to explain his statement, while observing,

“The Court had no such occasion to make any such observation.”

In response, Gandhi has now filed an affidavit through advocate Sunil Fernandes submitting that his brief statement, made amidst hectic political campaigning, was not intended to insinuate anything that has not been said by the Court.

The matter is listed today for hearing. Here are the live Updates:

  • Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Meenakshi Lekhi says “Rahul Gandhi admits that he had made wrong statement but he did not read the order and that he said it in a europhic manner”
  • The apology by Rahul Gandhi is in bracket in one line saying “he regrets”, it is lip service, submits Mukul Rohatgi.
  • How can a responsible head of a political party say this, asks Senior Mukul Rohatgi.
  • Who is Chowkidar, asks CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
  • “His statement from Amethi to Wayanad is Supreme Court said Chowkidar chor hai and Narendra Modi is chowkidar”, submits Mukul Rohatgi.
  • CJI Ranjan Gogoi remarks will hear contempt petition along with review petition.
  • Is this the way to treat Supreme Court, Rohatgi submits.
  • Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi begins submissions for Rahul Gandhi
  • It is inconceivable that the Supreme Court will say something like “Chowkidar Chor hai”. I am expressing regret only for attributing that to Supreme Court, submits Singhvi for Rahul Gandhi.
  • I stand by my political slogan “Chowkidar chor hai”. I regret it only for attributing it to Supreme Court, submits Rahul Gandhi to SC.
  • Supreme Court issues notice to Rahul Gandhi contempt case to be listed along with main review petition on Tuesday next week.
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