Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2019

Rahul ‘regrets’ using SC reference in ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe over Rafale deal

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday filed his response to a contempt petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Meenakshi Lekhi over his remark on the Rafale deal.

The matter is listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on Tuesday

Rahul in his response filed before the Apex Court said that he ‘regrets’ using Supreme Court’s reference in ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark and it was ‘made in the heat of the political campaign.’

It may be mentioned here that the SC had last week issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi in connection with the contempt petition filed by Meenakshi Lekhi and sought an explanation from him.

The Congress president in his response said that the statement was made in the “heat of political campaigning” but alleged that it has been “used and misused by political opponents.”

“I will not attribute any views, observations or findings to the court in political addresses to the media and in public speeches, unless such views, observations or findings are recorded by the Court,” Rahul Gandhi said.

“It is also clear that no court would ever do that (say Chowkidar Chor hai) and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political juxtaposition in the same breath in the heat of the political campaigning,” he added.

The matter is listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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