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Supreme Court issues contempt notice against Rahul Gandhi; Actor Sunny Deol joins BJP – Current Affairs

The Supreme Court had issued notice in the contempt petition filed against Rahul Gandhi for attributing "chowkidar chor hai" remarks to the Supreme Court.

Apr 23, 2019 15:12 IST
SC issues contempt notice against Rahul Gandhi

Story 1- Supreme Court issues contempt notice against Rahul Gandhi

The Supreme Court on April 23, 2019 issued a contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on the Rafale judgment, which the apex court had said were "incorrectly attributed" to it.

The SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi stated that it will hear the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Gandhi on April 30 along with the pending review petition against the December 14 verdict in the Rafale jet deal case.

Key Highlights

The Supreme Court had issued notice in the contempt petition filed against Rahul Gandhi for attributing "chowkidar chor hai" remarks to the Supreme Court.

The top court rejected the plea of Gandhi to close the criminal contempt petition filed by Lekhi.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the contempt petitioner submitted that Rahul Gandhi had not offered any apology for the remark.

In reply, Senior Advocate A M Singhvi, appearing on behalf of Gandhi, said that the Congress President had expressed regret for wrongfully mixing up Chowkidar remarks along with his comments on SC verdict in Rafale review.

Singhvi also submitted that PM Narendra Modi had misquoted the judgment to state that the Court had given clean chit to him in Rafale corruption allegations.

Background

On April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court had sought Rahul Gandhi's explanation on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who has sought criminal contempt against the Congress president for wrongfully attributing statements to the apex court.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, had told the CJI-led bench that Congress president made a remark that the "Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai" in the verdict in Rafale review delivered on April 10.

The remark was made in the context of SC deciding on April 10 to reject the preliminary objections of Centre against admitting the documents produced by review petitioners and to hear Rafale review on merits.

While seeking an explanation from Gandhi last week, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had made it clear that his remarks made in the media on the Rafale verdict were incorrectly attributed to the apex court.

The bench also observed 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.

In response, Rahul Gandhi filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that 'Chowkidar' remarks were made during the political campaign at the 'heat of the moment' and clarified that he did not have the slightest intention to bring SC into the political arena or disrepute.

Story 2- Actor Sunny Deol joins BJP

Actor Sunny Deol joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on April 23, 2019 at the party headquarters in New Delhi. He joined the party in the presence of Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal.

The 62-year-old is the latest from the film fraternity to join the political brigade. Speaking on his political debut, the actor said that he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took the political plunge as he wanted to make a difference in public life and would rather have his work speak for himself.

He said that he had come to join Modi, the same way his father, veteran actor Dharmendra, was attached with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee."Whatever I can do for this family (BJP), I will do it....I won't talk, I will show you through my work," Deol added.

Which constituency would the actor be fielded from?

According to reports, the BJP is planning to convince actor Sunny Deol to contest from Gurdaspur in Punjab, a seat that was once represented by late actor Vinod Khanna. Deol has a huge fan following in Punjab.

Deol’s father Dharmendra was earlier a BJP MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan. On the other hand, his stepmother, actress-politician Hema Malini, is currently contesting to retain her Mathura seat in Uttar Pradesh.

Vinod Khanna had passed away in April 2017. Later on, the seat went to Congress's Sunil Kumar Jakhar after the byelection. Congress has fielded Sunil Kumar Jakhar again from this seat.

For the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the BJP has formed an alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab. Under the agreement, the BJP is contesting three of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.

Other actors who recently joined politics

Urmila Matondkar

Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar officially joined the Indian National Congress party on March 27, 2019. She will be contesting the election from Mumbai North constituency, a seat previously held by Govinda. Matondkar.

She will be pitted against sitting BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who is a seasoned politician. Earlier, Congress had offered this seat to Sanjay Nirupam who refused and instead chose to fight from Mumbai North West. Nirupam had lost this seat to Shetty in 2014 by a huge margin.

The BJP has a strong hold over this constituency which has around 18 lakh voters. In 2004, actor Govinda had defeated BJP heavyweight Ram Naik in this seat, earning the title of “giant killer”. However, Govinda didn’t contest 2009 elections but Sanjay Nirupam did succeed in retaining the seat.

Jaya Prada

Veteran actress Jaya Prada joined the BJP on March 26, 2019. She has been fielded by her party in UP’s Rampur constituency against Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan.

Jaya Prada has successfully fought from Rampur twice as an SP candidate. She and Amar Singh were later expelled from the party. In 2014, she fought from Bijnor on a Rashtriya Lok Dal ticket but lost.

Jaya Prada’s entry into the BJP comes at a time when the party is reaching out to several Bollywood stars to leverage on their star power for electoral success.

Jaya Prada’s entry into the BJP comes at a time when the party is reaching out to several Bollywood stars to leverage on their star power for electoral success.

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