New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi for ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the recent Rafale verdict.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea on April 15.
Lekhi, in her plea, said Gandhi had attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, told the bench that Congress president made a remark that the “Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Centre’s objection claiming privilege over ‘stolen’ documents used by petitioners to seek review of Rafale judgement. The ‘stolen’ classified documents can now be looked into and considered as evidence for a re-examination of top court’s December verdict. Further, the top court allowed the admissibility of three of the procured documents in Rafale deal as evidence in re-examining the review petitions filed against the SC’s December 14 judgement refusing to order probe in procuring 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. After top court’s judgement, Rahul Gandhi told reporters in Amethi, “The Supreme Court has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft.”
(With agency inputs)