Rahul Gandhi exempted by the SC in contempt plea by Lekhi

On Thursday, the Supreme Court exempted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from the contempt petition filed by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi. He was accused of changing the context of the apex court’s verdict and linking it to his slogan of “chowkidar chor hai”.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said in their verdict that, “Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful in future”.

Meenakshi Lekhi had accused Gandhi of misquoting the April 10 order of the Apex Court and saying that the apex court had accepted that ‘chowkidar’ (a reference to PM Modi) is a “chor” (thief).

Lekhi’s case was represented by the former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who had argued that Gandhi’s apology should be rejected and action must be taken against him.

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