New Delhi: District and Sessions judge transferred a complaint case seeking direction for registration of an FIR against Congress President Rahul Gandhi to a special MP/MLA court in Rouse Avenue. The FIR is sought to be registered under sedition charges for Rahul’s alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and armed forces.
The matter will now be heard on April 26. District Judge Poonam A Bamba transferred the case to Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal on Tuesday. The complaint has sought an FIR against Rahul for allegedly making seditious remarks against PM Modi in 2016.
The complaint referred to Rahul’s speech at a public rally here where he accused Modi of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and cashing in on their sacrifice. On October 6, 2016, addressing the meeting after completion of his ‘Kisan Yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul had said, “You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong.”
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to the Congress President for attributing the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe against PM Modi to the court. The development comes a day after Rahul expressed regret in the apex court for linking his jibe at PM with the top court’s order on Rafale. The court said that the Rafale Deal review petitions matter will be heard on April 30.
Calling his remarks ‘unfortunate’, the Congress chief had on Monday accepted that the top court never used those words against the PM. In his response to the SC, in connection with a contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Rahul had asserted that he made the statements in the heat of political campaigning which have been misused by his opponents.