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SC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi for his 'chowkidar chor' remarks on Modi

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SC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi for his 'chowkidar chor' remarks on Modi
15 April, 2019
The Superme Court on Monday issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi on a criminal contempt petition filed by Delhi BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi for allegedly claiming that the top court used the term — ‘chowkidar chor hai’ — while passing a verdict on admissibility of certain leaked documents in the Rafale case.

“We make it clear views attributed to this court by Rahul Gandhi in media or public on Rafale verdict have been incorrectly attributed to this court,” the bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said today. 

The bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it had no occasion to record any such views or make observations in as much as what was decided by this court was the legal admissibility of certain documents to which objections were raised” by the Attorney General. 

On April 10, after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Rafale review petition on basis of 'leaked documents', Rahul Gandhi had said, "The entire country is saying that chowkidar has committed theft. It is a day of celebration that the Supreme Court has talked about justice."

The remarks of the Congress cheif didn't go down well with Lekhi - a parliamentarian of the BJP from New Delhi constituency - who moved to the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against him for attributing his personal remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the apex court.

The Supreme Court has given the Congress chief one week's time to file his reply. The Court fixed the matter for further hearing on Monday, April 22.

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