New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, said he will apologize to the Supreme Court through a fresh affidavit for wrongly attributing the “chowkidar chor hai” remark and linking it with the top court’s order in Rafale case. The apex court had pulled up Gandhi and asked him to accept his mistake, the contempt petition was filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
Rahul Gandhi’s counsel AM Sanghvi admitted to the top court that there were three errors in his affidavit and said the Congress president will file a new one tendering an apology, by Monday. The Supreme court allowed Gandhi’s plea and gave him opportunity to file another affidavit. The court posted the matter for hearing on May 6.
Sanghvi said, “Rahul Gandhi has been candid to admit his mistakes and has apologised for it.” Earlier, during the hearing, the court questioned Rahul Gandhi over his 22-page affidavit filed, on Monday, to express regret, saying it wasn’t enough. Over this the court asked Rahul Gandhi’s counsel that. “You take 22 pages of affidavit to express regret?”
Ranjan Gogoi who was not very pleased by the apology said, “We have great difficulty in understanding what you are saying.” BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed a contempt petition against Gandhi, also said that it was the grossest kind of contempt.
The court has allowed Rahul Gandhi to file an additional affidavit in the case and added that the grant of time shouldn't be accepted as an apology. The court will again hear the contempt case, on Monday.