New Delhi: Leaving Congress president Rahul Gandhi egg-faced, the Supreme Court on Monday said it has never observed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was involved in a corruption in the Rafale deal (buying of 36 fighter jets by India from France) contrary to what was claimed by the opposition leader in one of his comments.
Consequently, the top court has asked Gandhi to respond to the contempt petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Meenakshi Lekhi by Monday.
After the Supreme Court last week ruled that the stolen documents of Rafale deal will be considered as evidences, Gandhi had said the Supreme Court found that the Prime Minister had stolen money and gave it to businessman Anil Ambani, a common allegation which the Congress chief is used to make.
The Centre had earlier told the Supreme Court that the papers, which were accessed by The Hindu, were stolen from the Defence Ministry.
Lekhi, the petitioner, claimed that Gandhi has endorsed his personal comment as the Supreme Court’s order.