Meenakshi Lekhi, MP of Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for using the phrase, “Chowkidaar Chor Hai” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale deal. In her plea, she said that Gandhi has tried to create prejudice with his personal remarks to the top court after the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Rafale deal.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Lekhi told the bench that the Congress President remarked ‘Supreme Court has said Chowkidaar Chor Hai’ in the verdict.
After filing his nomination from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency Rahul Gandhi remarked, “Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft”.
Rohatgi said that Mr. Gandhi intentionally misinterpreted the judgment of the Supreme Court and decisively gave a wrong interpretation of the judgment to personally attack Mr. Modi.
In a press conference Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said, “The Congress president probably doesn’t read even half a paragraph of the court’s order, but here, by saying that the court has said ‘Chowkidaar Chor Hai’, it is verging on contempt of court”. Later the Congress demanded the resignation of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Supreme Court will hear the plea on April 15 headed by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Earlier, a bench led by the Chief Justice on April 10 declared the court’s decision on support for freedom of Press in a democracy. The court also refused the plea of the Government to keep the Rafale documents secretly.
The government raised a petition in the Supreme Court for a review of the December 14, 2018 judgment which upheld the deal of 36 Rafale Jets, but it was dismissed by the Supreme Court.