Ahead of the May 10 hearing, The Congress President, Rahul Gandhi, has tendered an “unconditional apology” to the Supreme Court, ahead of the May 10 hearing, over his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe at the Prime Minister wrongly attributed to the top court.
In his latest affidavit, third on the issue, Mr. Gandhi tendered an unconditional apology for wrongfully attributing his controversial remarks to the court and requested it to drop contempt proceedings against him. In his two affidavits earlier, Mr. Gandhi had merely expressed 'regret' over his comments and said that the remarks were made in the heat of political campaigning.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had issued notice to him on a contempt petition filed by the Delhi BJP MP, Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, accusing him of misquoting the court’s verdict on admissibility of certain documents in the Rafale review petitions’ hearing.
Admitting that he wrongly attributed his jibe at Mr. Modi to the court’s April 10 verdict on admissibility of certain documents in the Rafale case, Mr. Rahul had on April 30 issued a verbal apology his mistake.
'I am saying sorry….I sincerely apologise for attributing the comments to the honourable court,' senior counsel,Mr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Mr. Gandhi, had told a Bench headed by Mr.Justice Gogoi.
'But where is the apology in your affidavit? When you commit a mistake, you should admit the mistake,' the Bench, that also included Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Mr. Justice KM Joseph, had said. 'We have great difficulty in understanding what you want to say in the affidavit.'