Will use ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan in future: Congress

New Delhi: Congress spokesman and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said he made it clear to the Supreme Court on Tuesday on behalf of Rahul Gandhi on a contempt petition that he will continue to use the political slogan of “Chowkidar Chor Hai” as a “vibrant and major campaign” by the Congress and several other parties to highlight involvement of Prime Minister Modi and others in his government in the Rafale scam.

He told a press conference at the AICC headquarters after the court hearing that neither Rahul nor the Congress regret the slogan and the political campaign going on for the past 18 months to bring out the complicity of Modi and others in the Rafale deal.

Singhvi said the regret was expressed by Rahul in his response only on stating that the court endorsed or adopted this slogan.”I made it clear to the court that we have repeatedly used this political slogan and will continue to do so and will institute an investigation into the whole scam on coming to power,” Singhvi said.

“No court, much less the Supreme Court, will adopt such a slogan,” he said, noting that a detailed and comprehensive explanation has been given in Rahul’s affidavit. He also clarified that the Supreme Court had last week only sought an explanation from Rahul on the contempt petition by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi while it has now issued a contempt notice, fixing the next hearing on April 30.

Singhvi said the Court did not accept his prayer to close the matter since the petitioner had tried to politicise Rahul”s remark in the context of the ongoing elections, using even the Court for the purpose. Though the explanation given by Rahul is detailed and comprehensive to be sufficient, additional submissions may be made in the context of the notice issued on Tuesday, he added.

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