Supreme Court seeks Rahul Gandhi’s explanation on ‘chowkidar chor hai’

Clarifying that the comment made during Gandhi’s election campaign was wrongly attributed to the apex court, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sought the “explanation” from the Congress President by April 22 and directed the hearing of the matter on April 23

Written by Newsroom Staff April 15, 2019 12:42

The Supreme Court on Monday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s comment that the Supreme Court has said “chowkidar chor hai” is wrongly attributed to the court and demanded an explanation from him in seven days.

Clarifying that the comment made during Gandhi’s election campaign was wrongly attributed to the apex court, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sought the “explanation” from the Congress President by April 22 and directed the hearing of the matter on April 23

Rahul Gandhi has been accused by the Supreme Court of misquoting it on its Rafale order and has been given a week to explain before the ruling BJP’s contempt case against him is taken up next Tuesday.

“We make it clear the statement attributed to this court in the address made by the respondent (Rahul Gandhi) to the media and public has been incorrectly attributed to this court. We make it clear this court never made such observation. We only decided on the admissibility of documents,” three judges led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

Rahul Gandhi had last week made the comments in response to the Supreme Court ruling that classified documents accessed by the media can be used as evidence to consider requests to review a verdict clearing the Rafale jet deal.

“I want to thank the Supreme Court. The entire country is saying that Chowkidar chor hai (Chowkidar has committed theft). It is a day of celebration that the Supreme Court has talked about justice,” the Congress president had said in his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP accused him of putting words in the mouth of the top court and sued him for contempt.

The Supreme Court today said it wanted Rahul Gandhi’s response. “We never made any such observations commented on by Rahul Gandhi,” said the court.

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