BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi has requested the Supreme Court for criminal contempt action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his comments welcoming the top court order in the Rafale case earlier this week.
The BJP spokesperson accused Mr Gandhi of contempt of court and said he attributed the statement, "chowkidar chor hai(watchman is a thief)", to the Supreme Court as saying in its order and tried to create prejudice. Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who represented Meenakshi Lekhi in the court today, said that the Congress president made a remark that the "Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai" in the verdict.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear Ms Lekhi's request . On Wednesday, rejecting the centre's argument that classified documents accessed by the media on the Rafale fighter jet deal can't be evidence, the Supreme Court said it would examine the documents while considering petitions asking for a review of its earlier order that gave the government a clean chit.
Earlier, Ms Sitharaman also accused Rahul over the comment and she said the court order was limited to whether it should consider the documents the government said were illegally obtained by petitioners. "Rahul Gandhi has completely showed his frustration by saying what the court had not said," Ms Sitharaman said.