Congress president Rahul Gandhi today expressed apology to the Supreme Court for attributing “chowkidar chor hai” remarks to the Court in the context of the April 10 verdict of the Court to hear Rafale review on merits.
“I sincerely apologise for attributing the comments to SC,” said Gandhi’s lawyer Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Gandhi reiterated his earlier reply to the court in the fresh one handed to a bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. He also said that BJP was trying to gag him for raising the Rafale issue. The 48-year-old Congress President has requested the Supreme Court to dismiss the contempt case against him with a fine.
Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s counsel that what is the meaning of mentioning “regret” within brackets in the affidavit. The court also asked where he has expressed “complete regrets” for attributing the chowkidar chor hai jibe to the Supreme Court.
The BJP had objected to the Congress chief’s earlier affidavit expressing regret, saying it is nowhere near an unqualified apology.The CJI-led bench remarked that it was not able to understand the affidavit and asked why ‘regret’ was stated in brackets.
The Court also asked if there was a statement of Gandhi’s apology. At this, Singhvi undertook to file an affidavit to that effect by next Monday.