Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday submitted an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court and in his three-page apology, he also requested the top court to drop proceedings in the case against him. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the matter on Friday.
The affidavit states, “Unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for unintentionally and inadvertently linking SC order in Rafale review plea to his “cowkidar chor hai” political jibe against PM Narendra Modi.”
Rahul Gandhi has said he holds the Supreme Court in “highest esteem” and has sought closure of contempt proceedings against him.
The affidavit says, “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.”
The contempt case against Rahul Gandhi was filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Meenakshi Lekhi for allegedly incorrectly attributing the slogan 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.
On December 14, the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions seeking a court-monitored probe of the Rs 59,000 crore contract for Rafale fighter planes made by Dassault Aviation of France, saying that there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process. The petitioners had alleged fiscal malfeasance and commercial favouritism in the deal.
The review petitions have been filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan in the Rafale case claiming the December 18 verdict in the case contained errors and relied on the government’s incorrect claims in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover.
Raga had filed affidavits earlier also
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had filed affidavits saying he “regrets” making the said comments against the Supreme Court. However, a Supreme Court bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked for his complete apology for misquoting the apex court.
During the previous hearing, Rahul Gandhi’s counsel, 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.”
A few days ago, Rahul Gandhi addressed the media and said he had made a mistake and apologised to the Supreme Court, but not to PM Modi or BJP.
He also said that him and Congress will continue with the chowkidar chor hai campaign against PM Modi.
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