The Supreme Court today issued a criminal contempt notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attributing the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the court.
This development comes a day after Rahul expressed regret in the apex court for linking his jibe at PM with the top court’s order on Rafale. He said that that he will not attribute any views to the court in his political addresses unless there are specific orders. The court said that the Rafale Deal review petitions matter will be heard on April 30
Calling his remarks ‘unfortunate’, the Congress chief had yesterday accepted that the top court never used those words against the PM. In his response to the SC, in connection with a contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Gandhi asserted that he had made the statements in the heat of political campaigning which have been misused by his opponents.
On April 10, soon after the Supreme Court verdict last week, Rahul had reportedly said, “I am ready to debate with PM Modi at a location of his choosing… the corruption in the deal is very evident… he has given IAF’s money to Anil Ambani. The SC order today proves that chowkidar chor hai .”
Following his remarks BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed the petition alleging that Rahul had committed contempt by attributing his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remarks on the Rafale controversy to the top court.