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Rahul Gandhi apologises for ‘chor’ jibe in SC, but continues using it outside

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A file picture of Rahul Gandhi (Image credit: Flickr)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has tendered an apology for attributing “Chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief) jibe against Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi to the Supreme Court on Monday, April 22. His apology comes in response to a notice sent by the top court asking him to explain his comment.

In a statement submitted to the court Rahu Gandhi regretted for saying, “Supreme Court said Chowkidar ne chori ke hai (Supreme Court said that Chowkidar had committed theft)”. He said he made the comment “in the heat of campaigning”, but had no intention to misquote the top court.

On April 10, after Supreme Court’s order to consider “stolen” documents in the review of its earlier judgement on Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi had said: “…Supreme Court has made it clear that the Prime Minister has committed theft”, “the Supreme Court has said that the Prime Minister has stolen Rs 30,000 crore in Rafale deal and put it in the pocket of Anil Ambani” and so on.

Subsequently BJP Mp from Delhi, Meenakshi Lekhi, filed an application in the top court seeking a contempt case against the Congress president.

However, moments after the submission of apology in the SC, Rahul Gandhi was seen repeating “Chowkidar chor hai” slogan in a campaign rally in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh. Later speaking to reporters he said “…the main thing is Rs 30,000 is stolen and Narendra Modi has given it to Anil Ambani… I am challenging Narendra Modi for a debate of 15 minutes on Rafale deal… but he is scared because he has committed theft…”

Apparently, Rahul Gandhi has decided to keep peddling “corruption in Rafale deal” charge, until the end of the Lok Sabha elections. In the past also, he deliberately overlooked the CAG report that said the Rafale deal signed by the NDA government involved the cost lesser than that talked but never signed by the UPA government or the December 14, 2018 judgement of the Supreme Court ruling no procedural lapse or inflated pricing.

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SC asks Rahu Gandhi to explain his Rafale comment on Modi

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought explanation from Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his remarks on its order related to the admission of leaked document in Rafale case. The court has has directed him to submit the explanation by April 22.

On April 10, Rahul had stated: “the Supreme Court has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed a theft”.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had approached the apex court seeking a Contempt charge against the Congress president for “replacing his personal statement as Supreme Court’s order and trying to create prejudice.”

The SC on Monday observed, ” This court had no occasion to make such observation, only decided on legal question of admissibility of documents”.

Rahul Gandhi has long made “Chowkidar chor hai” (The watchman is a thief) jibe his campaign slogan, attributing corruption charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite the report of Controller Auditor General, and the earlier Supreme Court judgement giving clean chit in the deal signed by the government to procure French fighter jets, Rafale.

It remains to be seen if he continues with his pet jibe after SC’s notice.

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