New Delhi, April 15: Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi who was recently accused for creating prejudice by his alleged statement of "chowkidaar chor hai" has been issued a notice by the Supreme Court on Monday for wrongly attributing the said remark to the Court. The Court seeks an explaination from Mr. Gandhi for his comments before next hearing,which is scheduled in the next week.
The Court said,
“We make it clear views attributed to this court by Rahul Gandhi in media or public on Rafale verdict have been incorrectly attributed."
The Court issued notice in response to a contempt plea moved by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi seeking contempt action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his alleged remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating "chowkidar chor hai" regarding the recent controversial Rafale verdict.
Accussing Mr. Gandhi of contempt of court for attributing his personal remarks to the Top Court senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the BJP leader, said that he had made a remark that the “Supreme Court has said, "chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict.
However, the court maintained that 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.
The issue relates to a dismissal of the Centre’s preliminary objection by the Supreme Court last week over the maintainability of the review petitions. The Court allowed “secret, leaked” documents relied upon by petitioners seeking a review of its December 14, 2018 judgment in the Rafale aircraft deal matter.
Citing the decision, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while claiming it to be moral victory reportedly said,
"The Supreme Court has made it clear that 'chowkidarji' (watchman) has committed a theft."
His statement came during his rally in Amethi, where he filed his nomination papers on the same day of Court's decision of considering the documents filed by the trio of Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist advocate Prashant Bhushan seeking review of the December 14, 2018 verdict .