Some things are said in the ‘heat of political campaigning’
Rahul Gandhi regrets misquoting Supreme Court on Rafale order after BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed a plea with the Court
In 2019, Moral Code of Conduct is being exploited by politicians to arouse the masses, and also quash ill-advised utterances by opposition.
- Congress President Rahul Gandhi regrets “incorrectly attributing” a remark to the Supreme Court on the controversial Rafale deal.
- Supreme Court asked for an explanation from Gandhi after BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed a contempt petition against him.
- A bench constituting of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjeev Khanna clarified that no such observation was made by the court
- BJP Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad urged the EC to take “serious cognisance” of Gandhi’s comments alleging violation of MCC
- Rahul Gandhi said the comment was made in the “heat of the political campaigning” and was misused by his political opponents
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed a plea in the Supreme Court challenging Rahul Gandhi’s comment.
Rahul Gandhi had told reporters that “Supreme Court had made it clear that Chowkidarji (Modi) had got the theft done”
BJP MP Lekhi had challenged Gandhi’s remarks in her plea. Rahul had attributed his words to Supreme Court while referring to the 10th April order that rejected the Centre’s objection to admissibility of documents submitted by review petitioners.
Replying to Lekhi’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi’s claim that the court had not said any such thing and had only decided on the admissibility of certain papers, CJI Gogoi said:
“you are right to the extent we didn’t say it”
Gandhi, in an undertaking to the Supreme Court, said:
“I will not attribute any views, observations or findings to the Court in political addresses to the media and in public speeches, unless such views, observations or findings are recorded by the Court.”