Rafale: SC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued criminal contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his "chowkidar chor" remarks on the Rafale judgment, which the apex court had said were "incorrectly attributed" to it.

The top court said it will hear on April 30 the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Rahul along with the pending review petition against the December 14, 2018 verdict in the Rafale jet deal.

The top court rejected the plea of Rahul to close the criminal contempt petition filed by Meenakshi.

On hearing senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of Rahul in the contempt petition "we deem it fit to issue notice to the respondent (Rahul) Gandhi," a bench headed by Chief Justcie Ranjan Gogoi said.

"We also direct the registry to list the review petition along with the contempt petition next Tuesday," the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said.