New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has asked Supreme Court for a dismissal of the contempt petition against him filed by a BJP lawmaker, reported a leading daily on Monday. (Also read: Centre Seeks Time to File Fresh Affidavit in Rafale Review Petition Case)
It said the Congress chief claimed that BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, who had filed the plea, was trying to drag the court into political controversy for ‘personal gains and political mileage’.
The Congress chief reportedly told the court to make Lekhi pay for abusing the judicial process by filing the contempt petition against him.
Last week, Rahul had filed an affidavit to explain how he attributed his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe to the apex court while discussing its April 10 ruling over the use of leaked Ministry of Defence documents for the Rafale review petition.
Rahul told the court that it happened in the “heat of campaigning”.
The fresh affidavit is a response to the top court notice issued after Rahul’s lawyer had pointed out that the judges had “not issued notice” to his client but only sought an explanation. At this, CJI Gogoi had issued a notice to “cure that defect right away”.
The court will take up Rahul’s affidavit in response to the contempt notice on Tuesday. Since he has been exempted from personal appearance, Rahul needn’t be present in court when the three-judge bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna hears the case.
In his earlier explanation, Rahul had reportedly said that he wasn’t the only one to have misinterpreted the court’s order on the review petition. He said many ministers had also passed off the December 2018 order as a “clean chit” to the deal.
The court had tagged the contempt petition along with the main review petition and decided to hear the case on Tuesday. The Centre wants the hearing on the main review petition to be deferred as it needs more time to file a fresh affidavit.