New Delhi, Apr 10: The BJP on Wednesday said the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has committed a contempt of court by attributing words on the Rafale row as per the ruling of the Supreme Court which the apex court has not said.
"By saying that the court 'ne maan liya (has agreed)' about corruption in Rafale, these amount to contempt of court. The court today has not said any such thing," Defence Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here. She asserted that the apex court did not comment on any such thing and the comments and remarks from the president of a party which has been in power for so long time has only "shown the frustration by attributing words which have not been uttered by the honourable court".
In this context, she said there is a Supreme Court order of 2018 on Rafale and the verdict then had clearly said there was no need for 'intervention' on the part of court on a sensitive matters like defence and national security. "The perception of individuals cannot be the basis of an inquiry," she maintained quoting the court order. She further said that a section of media only selectively reported on a paper of the Defence ministry and in the same paper, the views of the then Defence Minister Manohor Parrikar were not mentioned. Ms Sitharaman argued that this was rather the selective picking up of stolen documents. She maintained that the Supreme Court on Wednesday only dismissed the Centre's preliminary objections to pleas seeking review of the court's judgement in the Rafale deal.
A three-bench judge, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi earlier in the day said that the top court will hear Rafale review pleas in detail and that the 'stolen' documents of defence are admissible. A date for hearing of the review petitions will be fixed soon, the apex court has ruled. (UNI)