Yes, we all know that whenever he speaks up, it is an out of the world experience. His facts, figures, and reasons always end up turning heads and tickle the funny bones of people. But mostly, there aren’t any serious repercussions of his speeches.
Rahul Gandhi gets trolled badly and people move on for his next stand up comedy act. However, his recent speech where he claimed the apex court has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”, got him into so much trouble.
Or at least, that’s how it looks like.
What has happened?
“Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft,” said Rahul Gandhi after filing his nomination papers. With this line, he claimed the Supreme court has ‘accepted that there is some corruption in Rafael deal’.
He did not realize the trouble he was getting into and so, he did not hold back. He then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal. Reason being, that his party claims BJP to be involved corruption, which according to Rahul even the apex court agrees too.
But little did he know that this time, his words won’t be trolled and forgotten, like it always happens. This time things had gone too far and SC’s response was not something Rahul had expected.
Response of Supreme Court
Of course, the Apex court was furious about Rahul Gandhi using their name in accusing the opposition. Adhering that, on Monday, the Apex court clarified that it hasn’t offered any view or finding on allegations levelled by Rahul on PM Modi concerning the Rafale deal corruption.
The SC bench is currently led by the Chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi. This clarification he issued cleared out the fact that there weren’t any remarks made regarding the Prime Minister’s role in the Rafale deal.
“You are right.. we never said this.. we will clarify this…” observed CJI declared this firmly on Monday. “We make it clear that this Court had no occasion to record any view or finding or make any observation as allegedly attributed to the Court by the respondent in as much as what was decided by this Court was a purely legal question of admissibility of certain documents to which objections were raised by the learned Attorney General.”
How did it all begin?
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had filed a criminal contempt petition in Supreme Court against Rahul Gandhi. According to her, the Congress president deliberately misinterpreted the court’s April 10 order. This allowed “leaked” Defence ministry documents to be taken on record.
“He is representing his personal statements as a Supreme court order and is trying to create a prejudicial image in the minds of the public,” she said.
Now, the court demands Rahul come up with an explanation as to why he said so. “Having clarified the matter, we deem it proper to ask the respondent for his explanation which will be laid before us on or before 22.04.2019” Apex court said.
“We further observe that no views, observations or findings should be attributed to the Court in a political address to the media and in public speeches, unless such views, observations or findings are recorded by the Court”, the bench said.
The apex court has asked Rahul Gandhi to submit his response by Monday (April 22). And the next hearing is on April 23.