Congress President Rahul Gandhi on May 8 submitted a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court expressing his ‘unconditional apology’ for linking his Chowkidar chor hai (the watchman is a thief)jibe against Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi to the apex court.
In his previous affidavit, Rahul Gandhi had expressed “regret” in response to a contempt notice issued by the SC over his remark. But during the hearing he apologised verbally. However, the SC had demanded it in writing.
Rahul Gandhi had misquoted the top court’s ruling on April 10. The court had dismissed the government’s plea that the petition for reviewing its earlier judgement on Rafale deal be dropped as it was based on ‘leaked document’. The Congress president, though, quoted the SC as saying “Chowkidar chori kae hai”, which prompted BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi file a contempt plea.
Initially, the court had sought an explanation from Rahul Gandhi. Not satisfied with his explanation, the court issued a contempt notice, to which he responded with an affidavit that looked like a carbon copy of his earlier explanation.
Finally, on behalf of Rahul Gandhi, advocate Sunil Fernandes has submitted:
“The Deponent unconditionally apologises for the wrongful attributions to this Hon’ble Court. The Deponent further states that any such attributions were entirely unintentional, non-willful and inadvertent.“
In the three-page affidavit, Rahul Gandhi has also requested the SC to drop the contempt proceedings against him.