BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday filed a contempt
petition against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “Chowkidar Chor Hain” comment against PM Modi in the Rafale case
New Delhi:MNN:Meenakshi Lekhi, a BJP member of Parliament, has filed a contempt petition against Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after judgment was pronounced by the Supreme court in the Rafale case on Wednesday.
“The Supreme Court has made it clear that Chowkidarji has committed theft, the court has talked about justice,” Gandhi said while filing his nomination papers in Amethi on 10 April.
In a press conference held at the BJP headquarters, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam had said the Congress leader was misquoting the Supreme Court and this was contempt of court.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi mentioned the case before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
The court will hear the contempt petition against Gandhi on 15 April.
The BJP spokesperson accused Mr Gandhi of contempt of court and said he attributed the statement, “chowkidar chor hai(watchman is a thief)”,
to the Supreme Court as saying in its order and tried to create prejudice.
Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who represented Meenakshi Lekhi in the court today,
said that the Congress president made a remark that the “Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear Ms Lekhi’s request on Monday.
On Wednesday, rejecting the centre’s argument that classified documents accessed by the media on the Rafale fighter jet deal can’t be evidence,
the Supreme Court said it would examine the documents while considering petitions asking for a review of its earlier order that gave the government a clean chit.
Welcoming the court order, 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”.
Soon after his comments, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hit back at Mr Gandhi and accused him of contempt of court, saying he had misquoted the top court
Ms Sitharaman said the court order was limited to whether it should consider the documents the government said were illegally obtained by petitioners.
“Rahul Gandhi has completely showed his frustration by saying what the court had not said,” Ms Sitharaman said.