The Supreme Court was told by the Congress President Rahul Gandhi that he has tendered an unconditional apology for “wrongly attributing” to it the “chowkidar chor hai” remarks and urged that the criminal contempt proceedings against him should be closed.
The verdict on the criminal contempt plea filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Meenakshi Lekhi against Mr. Gandhi was reserved by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
The bench also comprised Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph. Senior advocate AM Singhvi was representing Rahul Gandhi in front of the bench. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Meenakshi Lekhi, told the bench that the apology tendered by Mr. Gandhi should be rejected and action must be taken against him as per the law.
Mr. Rohatgi told the court that the Congress President should make an apology to the public for his remarks. On May 8, Mr. Gandhi tendered an unconditional apology in the court for wrongfully making his “chowkidar chor hai” remark in the Rafale verdict. He said that he holds the top court in the “highest esteem and respect” and any attributions to it were “entirely unintentional, non-wilful and inadvertent”.
Mr. Gandhi filed a three-page affidavit after he had drawn flak from the Supreme Court on April 30, over his previous affidavit. After the Supreme Court ordered Mr. Gandhi to explain his statement, he expressed regret and admitted that he has falsely quoted the top court as “rhetorical flourish in the heat of political campaigning” without having seen, read or analyzed the order.