Rahul Gandhi was given relief from the Supreme Court in a content case after he wrongly linked the Rafael order of the apex court to his “chowkidar chor hai” phrase against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
What did the SC rule?
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi accepted the unconditional apology offered by Rahul Gandhi with a warning to be “more careful” about future remarks.
What was the contempt case?
On April 10, 2019, Rahul Gandhi then Congress President quickly reacted to Supreme Court’s ruling on Rafael jet deal. It said that classified documents accessed by the media could be used as evidence to consider a review of the deal.
Rahul Gandhi welcomed the order and then went a step ahead to say that the apex court also agreed that chowkidar chorhai. But the SC took strong note of the comment and sought explanation for the comment. After the SC order, Rahul Gandhi said the comments were made “unintentionally and inadvertently” and offered an “unconditional apology” for his comments.
Who filed the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi?
BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi sued Rahul Gandhi for his “chowkidar chorhai” comment. Rahul Gandhi offered an apology that the SC turned down because the apology wasn’t directly admittedly to his mistake. In May, he offered a three-page affidavit to offer his apology. The SC accepted the apology with a warning to the former Congress President. But BJP wants Rahul Gandhi to make an apology to the nation as well.