Former Congress President and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi heaves a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court dismisses the criminal contempt case filed against him. Cautioning him to be more careful, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the court accepted Rahul’s unconditional apology offered in May.
After he wrongly attributed to court “chowkidar chor hai” phrase against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rafale case order, BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi filed a contempt petition against Rahul Gandhi. Rahul who then holds the presidentship of Congress has alleged that the apex court has accepted that Prime Minister is a thief. These comments received a backlash from BJP spectrum followed by the contempt notice from Supreme Court to offer an apology.
However, the young leader tendered an apology and sought the court to close the contempt. “We must note that it is unfortunate that without verification or even perusing as to what is the order passed, the contemnor deemed it appropriate to make statements as if this Court had given an imprimatur to his allegations against the Prime Minister, which was far from the truth,” stated the court in Wednesday’s hearing.