Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, agreed to the Supreme Court that he will apologize over his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’ remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, was hearing a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Rahul was represented in the court by Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
While hearing the case, the Supreme Court said that it was not sure if Congress president Rahul Gandhi had apologized for attributing the chowkidar chor hai remark to the apex court.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Rahul Gandhi’s lawyers, “Where have we said all that? How can you attribute it to us? Where have you expressed complete regret? Why the second affidavit ?”
The Supreme Court also asked Abhishek Manu Singhvi the reason for mentioning “regret” within brackets in the affidavit. The court again asked where has Rahul Gandhi expressed “complete regrets” for attributing the chowkidar chor hai jibe to the Supreme Court.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi said on behalf of the Congress leader, “I have expressed regret. That is the same as an apology. There cannot be any doubt on my statement. There are errors in the affidavit and for these three errors, I apologize. There was no intention to insinuate anything to the SC.” However, the bench finally allowed Rahul to file another affidavit by Monday and demanded an apology from him. SC also clarified he won’t be given another chance and added that the grant of time shouldn’t be accepted as an apology.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed a contempt petition against Gandhi, said that it was the grossest kind of contempt.
The petition filed by Meenakshi Lekhi was based on Rahul Gandhi’s alleged statement that the Supreme Court has said “Chowkidar Chor hai” in relation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In two affidavits filed earlier, Rahul Gandhi had expressed regret only for attributing the slogan to the Supreme Court, while standing by his political stance against Modi.