New Delhi: As the Supreme Court demanded an explanation from Rahul Gandhi for his alleged contemptuous remarks on the apex court’s decision in Rafale verdict review case, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday took a jibe at the Congress President saying,”Indian democracy does not permit ‘dynasts’ to rewrite Court orders.” He also accused the Congress President of manufacturing SC order on the fighter jet deal for political propaganda.
Earlier in the day, the top court directed the Congress President to give his explanation by April 22 and said that the remarks made by Gandhi on its April 10 Rafale case verdict were “incorrectly attributed” to the SC.
Following the ruling, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in a series of tweets, said,”In Rahul Gandhi’s politics, the Right to Free Speech includes the Right to Falsehood”. He further said dynasts are also subject to the Supreme Court and while truth holds together, falsehood falls apart.
“Indian democracy does not permit them (dynasts) to rewrite Court orders… To manufacture a Court order for a political propaganda is a new low for Rahul Gandhi. The lower he sinks, the higher we rise,” Jaitley said.
In her petition, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi had claimed that ‘the words used and attributed by him (Rahul Gandhi) to SC in the Rafale case has been made to appear something else. He is replacing his personal statement as the Supreme Court’s order and trying to create prejudice”.
Lekhi had filed the petition alleging that Rahul had committed contempt by attributing his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remarks on the Rafale controversy to the top court.
Earlier on April 10, soon after the Supreme Court verdict last week, Rahul had reportedly said, “I am ready to debate with PM Modi at a location of his choosing… the corruption in the deal is very evident… he has given IAF’s money to Anil Ambani. The SC order today proves that chowkidar chor hai .”