Backs down from his Chowkidar chor hai‘ comment
The Congress President regrets having said so in the Supreme Court. Does it mean that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now cleared from Rahul’s side and will the Congress stop from calling Chowkidar chor hai’.
“In heat of campaign”, Rahul Gandhi “regrets” remarks on Supreme Court’s order on Rafale and admitted that the apex court had “never said these words”.
Rahul said he had
misquoted the Supreme Court ruling on the Rafale. He added that his words were
mostly in response to the ruling BJP claiming victory after a December top
court order giving the government a clean chit in the case.
opponents wrongly projected that I had deliberately and intentionally suggested
that the Supreme Court had said ‘Chowkidar chor hai’. Nothing could be farther
from my mind.
“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 ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given
any finding or conclusion in Rafale deal,” he said in his statement to the
Rahul Gandhi said his
statement to media that the Supreme Court had “agreed” that PM Modi
had committed corruption in the Rafale deal was a political diatribe against
opponents who had gone to town citing a clean chit from the court and it was in
continuance of his constant campaign slogan ‘Chowkidar chor hai’.
“We make it clear the statement attributed to this court in the address made by the respondent (Rahul Gandhi) to the media and public has been incorrectly attributed to this court. We make it clear this court never made such observation. We only decided on the admissibility of documents,” three judges led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said last week.
On April 10, the Supreme
Court had ruled that classified documents accessed by the media can be used as
evidence to consider requests to review its clean chit to the Rafale deal.
Hours later, Rahul Gandhi cheered the order.
“I want to thank
the Supreme Court. The entire country is saying that Chowkidar chor hai. It is
a day of celebration that the Supreme Court has talked about justice,” the
Congress president had said in his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP accused him of
putting words in the mouth of the top court and sued him for contempt.
The BJP demanded an
apology from Rahul Gandhi and called him a “liar of the first order” in public
opinion. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao
said, “Today, by filing an affidavit in the SC, Rahul Gandhi accepted that he
had lied on his allegations against PM Modi on the Rafale deal. This was an
attempt by Rahul Gandhi to manufacture a lie and create a controversy in the
Rafale deal… He should apologise to the people of this country.”