Congress president Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)

SC exempts Rahul from appearing personally in contempt case

ANI | Updated: Apr 23, 2019 21:32 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday exempted Congress president Rahul Gandhi from personally appearing in court in connection with a contempt case filed against him for his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“On the basis of the statements made by Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, learned senior counsel appearing for the alleged contemnor, we deem it proper to issue notice in the matter. Personal presence of the alleged contemnor is dispensed with, for the present,” the court order read.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had filed the petition alleging that Rahul made contemptuous remarks in connection with the court's order on the admissibility of a certain document in the Rafale deal. 
The contempt petition accused Gandhi of misquoting the order when he said the apex court had accepted that 'chowkidar' (a reference to Prime Minister  Modi), is a "chor' (thief).
The apex court also ruled that it will hear this petition filed by Lekhi along with the pending review petition against the verdict in Rafale case on April 30.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued a formal contempt notice against Gandhi for claiming that the court said ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ while hearing the admissibility of some documents in the fighter jet scam recently. (ANI)