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In a significant order, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been asked to explain a statement allegedly made by him wherein he has attributed a quote to the Supreme Court of India.
Gandhi has been asked to explain the statement “Sarvoch Nyayalay ne kaha hai, Chowkidar chor hai” (The Supreme Court has said that the ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief), allegedly made by him.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna made it clear in its order that the statement attributed to the Supreme Court has been incorrectly done so.
“The Court had no such occasion to make any such observation”, the order said.
The Court only decided on the legal question of admissibility of certain documents, the Bench went on to state.
It, therefore, asked Rahul Gandhi to explain his statement.
The matter will be now heard on Tuesday next week.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Meenakshi Lekhi had moved a contempt petition against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent judgment concerning maintainability in the Rafale review case.
The contempt petition is based on Rahul Gandhi’s alleged statement that the Supreme Court has said “Chowkidar Chor hai” in relation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the preliminary objections raised by the Centre were rejected by the Supreme Court.
Read the order below.