Will give explanation to SC for Rahul’s remarks on Rafale: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday said it will provide an explanation to the Supreme Court for party chief Rahul Gandhi’s his remarks on the Rafale case verdict.

“They (Supreme Court) have sought an explanation. We will give an explanation to them,” senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters, when asked about the SC order on contempt plea filed by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi against Gandhi.


The Supreme Court on Monday made it clear that remarks made by Rahul Gandhi in the media on the Rafale case verdict were “incorrectly attributed” to the apex court and directed the Congress President to give his explanation by April 22.

The apex court said it will consider the petition filed by BJP MP Lekhi seeking contempt action against Gandhi for attributing some observations to the apex court which was not in the Rafale judgement.

“We make it clear that views, observations, findings attributed to this court in the alleged speeches, remarks made by Gandhi to media/public have been incorrectly attributed to this court. We also make it clear that this court had no occasion to make such observation in as much as it was deciding legal admissibility of certain documents which were objected by the attorney general,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

“Having clarified the matter we deem it appropriate to seek explanation of Gandhi,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said.

The bench further said the explanation by Gandhi has to be filed on or before next Monday and the matter will be heard on April 23 (next Tuesday).

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