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The Supreme Court, on Monday, has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in connection with his remarks against PM Narendra Modi over the Rafale jet case verdict. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had made a statement that “the Supreme Court has made it clear that Chowkidarji has committed a theft”, in Rafale deal verdict. The SC’s action is on a contempt petition filed by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi over his remarks after Rafale verdict.

It was after the Supreme Court had announced its decision to allow leaked Rafale documents to review a previous judgment, Rahul Gandhi claimed a moral victory and made his remarks. Following this, BJP was filing a contempt plea against Gandhi for calling PM Modi a chor.

“We make it clear that views, observations, findings attributed to this court in the alleged speeches, remarks made by Gandhi to media/public have been incorrectly attributed to this court. We also make it clear that this court had no occasion to make such observation in as much as it was deciding legal admissibility of certain documents which were objected by the attorney general,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said, “Having clarified the matter we deem it appropriate to seek explanation of Gandhi”, says PTI.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for Meenakshi Lekhi told media, “Rahul Gandhi has misquoted the Supreme Court’s order on the Rafale deal. I am sure the court must have been watching the media where Rahul Gandhi made false claims about the court’s order.”

Earlier, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also approached the Election Commission demanding action against Rahul Gandhi over his remark against Modi on Rafale deal.

The bench further said the explanation by Gandhi has to be filed on or before next Monday and the matter will be heard on April 23.

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