‘Chowkidar chor hai’ jibe: SC exempts Rahul Gandhi from personally appearing in contempt case on April 30

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Published: April 23, 2019 6:18:49 PM

While addressing reporters in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi had said that the Supreme Court has accepted that corruption took place in the Rafale deal.

Rahul GandhiOn Monday, Rahul Gandhi expressed regret for ‘incorrectly attributing’ the remarks to the Supreme Court. He admitted that he made the remark in the heat of campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday exempted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from appearing on April 30 in the contempt case against him. Earlier in the day, the court had issued a contempt notice against Gandhi for attributing his “chowkidar chor hai” remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Supreme Court.

“Personal presence of the alleged contemnor is dispensed with, for the present,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in the order.

The petition was filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi and the apex court is set to hear the case on April 30. Gandhi had also appealed the SC to close the criminal contempt petition, but the court turned down his request.

Apprearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi told the court on Tuesday that the Congress chief is yet to offer an apology for the remark that he had incorrectly attributed to the top court.

While addressing reporters in Amethi, Gandhi had said that the Supreme Court has accepted that corruption took place in the Rafale deal. “Supreme Court has made it clear that chowkidar allowed the theft. SC has accepted that some sort of corruption took place in the Rafale deal,” Gandhi had said.

On Monday, Gandhi expressed regret for ‘incorrectly attributing’ the remarks to the Supreme Court. He admitted that he made the remark in the heat of campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

“My statement was made in the heat of political campaigning. It has been used (and misused) by my political opponents to project that I had deliberately and intentionally suggested that this Court had said Chowkidar Chor Hai!” Gandhi said in an affidavit on Monday.

In her petition, Lekhi has alleged that Gandhi tried to create prejudice by attributing his personal remarks to the apex court.

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