Having no options left to escape himself from contempt proceedings, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered his “unconditional apology” to the Supreme Court for attributing ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ jibe to the top court.
After the bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi rejected Rahul’s previous affidavit that had expressed ‘regret’, and also pulled him up for making contradictory statements, the Gandhi scion was pushed to the wall in offering the unqualified apology so as to put an end to the contempt case.
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.”
On April 10, the court – which is hearing petitions asking for a review of its December order on Rafale – ruled that classified documents accessed by the media can be used as evidence to consider the requests.
Hours later, Rahul Gandhi had welcomed the order at a public rally with the “chowkidar” slogan, but attributed it to the top court judges.
As the BJP, in an appeal, accused the Congress chief of being in contempt, the court demanded that Mr Gandhi explain his position.
In his affidavit, Mr Gandhi expressed regret and admitted that he had falsely quoted the top court as “rhetorical flourish in the heat of political campaigning” without having seen, read or analysed the order.