Congress President Rahul Gandhi has sought from the Supreme Court on Monday to annul the Rafale contempt plea filed by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi in the wake of his comments on PM Narendra Modi at Amehi on April 10 where he disclosed the apex court’s Rafale hearing statements which had supported the leaked documents in Rafale deal issue from the Defence ministry office to be substantial.
BJP Meenkashi Lekhi had filed a contempt petition against Rahul Gandhi for violating the poll conduct whereas the Congress President on Monday stated in his affidavit, “It is also clear that no court would ever do that and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political slogan in juxtaposition the same breath in the heat of political campaigning was ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion on that issue.”
Gandhi further added, he did not intend or deliberately drag the court in the political campaigning.
However he said, the ruling BJP government has many times voiced on the Supreme Court’s December 14, 2018 clean chit verdict on the Rafale issue giving a political advantage for the 2019 polls.
Advocate Sunil Fernandes appearing for Gandhi requested the SC bench for response to the contempt notice filed against his client.
The hearing on this issue has been scheduled for April 30.