Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered his "unconditional apology" to the Supreme Court for attributing his 'chowkidar chor hai' remark to the apex court.
Rahul Gandhi apologised to the Supreme Court for 'unintentionally' and ‘inadvertently’ linking the top court’s Rafale order to his 'chowkidar chor hai' remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also requested the Supreme Court to accept his apology and to close the contempt petition against him.
The contempt petition has been tagged with the Rafale review petition and the two cases will be heard on Friday.
The contempt case against Rahul Gandhi was filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Meenakshi Lekhi for allegedly incorrectly attributing the remark to the preliminary verdict of the top court in the Rafale case. Lekhi had asked the court to initiate criminal contempt action against Gandhi for twisting the top court’s April 10 judgment to claim that the court declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi guilty of corrupt practices in purchase of the Rafale aircraft.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had expressed “regret" for attributing his 'Chowkidar chor hai' against Modi to the Supreme Court, after the apex court’s order on the Rafale fighter jet scam. He had said the comment was made in the 'heat of political campaigning' and that his remark was used and misused by political opponents.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had rejected Rahul's previous affidavit that had expressed “regret", and also pulled him up for making contradictory statements.
On 10 April, the apex court announced its decision to allow “leaked" Rafale documents to be taken up as evidence in the case. These documents will now be judged on merit as part of the review of the December apex court verdict which ruled out a court-monitored probe into the allegations of procedural violations and favouritism in a deal to procure 36 Rafale jets, effectively giving the government a clean chit.