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Rahul Gandhi issued notice by Supreme Court over comment on Rafale order

New Delhi | The Supreme Court today issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ statement related to Rafale order by the top court.

Acting on the plea by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi, the top court remained unsatisfied by the reply filed by the Congress president an issued him a notice. The next hearing on the petition is listed on May 2.

Representing Meenakshi Lekhi, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said,” Rahul Gandhi admits that he had made the wrong statement but he did not read the order and that he said it in a eurohpic manner. The apology by Rahul Gandhi is in bracket in one line saying “he regrets”, it is lip service.”

Questioning Gandhi’s statement, Rohtagi asked,” How can a responsible head of a political party say this.” “Is this the way to treat Supreme Court,” he added.

During the hearing, CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked, ” Who is a Chowkidar?” To which Rohatagi replied, “His statement from Amethi to Wayanad is Supreme Court said Chowkidar chor hai and Narendra Modi is chowkidar.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi yeaterday while responding to the Supreme Court notice on ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ statement against Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he gave the statement in the heat of the political campaigning.

The Supreme Court on April 15 had directed Congress President Rahul Gandhi to provide an explanation over his statement of Chowkidar Chor hai attributed to Supreme Court.

In the response filed in the Supreme Court on BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi’s plea Rahul Gandhi said he had made the statements in the heat of political campaigning which have been misused by his opponents.

Meenakshi Lekhi in her petition had claimed that ‘the words used and attributed by Rahul Gandhi to Supreme Court in the Rafale case has been made to appear something else. He is replacing his personal statement as the Supreme Court’s order and trying to create prejudice’.


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