NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday closed the contempt proceedings against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his 'chowkidar chor hai' slogan against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale case.
Rahul Gandhi faced contempt charges for wrongly attributing the 'chowkidar chow hai' remark to the Supreme Court.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the court accepted Rahul Gandhi's apology and warned him to be more careful in future for attributing to the court his remarks.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed the contempt petition against Gandhi, had alleged that he has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.
On April 30, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was categorical that Gandhi had to either offer a clear-cut apology or face criminal contempt for attributing the remark ‘chowkidar chor hai’, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to the court’s April 10 Rafale case order.
Subsequently, on May 8, Rahul Gandhi tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for wrongly attributing his "chowkidar chor hai" remark to the apex court and sought closure of the contempt proceedings against him.
Earlier, the top court had dismissed the Centre's preliminary objections over the admissibility of certain documents for supporting the review petitions against the December 14 last year verdict in the Rafale case.
On which, Rahul Gandhi had made the “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Subsequently, the Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice against Gandhi.
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