Revealing self-reproach, Rahul Gandhi replies to the contempt notice; SC to hear next on April 30

Amid the controversy raised around the Rafale deal, flowing with the winds in the diverse directions, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on today filed his reply in the Apex Court on a notice issued to him after a contempt case by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi for his remarks on the SC verdict related to the deal.

Filing reply on the contempt notice, Advocate Sunil Fernandes, appearing for Gandhi was also allowed to counter the affidavit by the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

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The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, had on April 23 issued criminal contempt notice to Gandhi for his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark on PM Modi while referring to the Rafale judgment, which the apex court said was incorrectly attributed to it.

The top court also moved to allow the Centre to circulate a letter for adjournment in Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on Rafale review pleas. It had on April 10 dismissed preliminary objections raised by the Centre that documents on which it claimed privilege cannot be relied upon to re-examine the verdict in the Rafale fighter jet deal.


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