Rahul Gandhi Apologizes for attributing ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ to the Supreme Court. The lawyer of Rahul Gandhi has told the Supreme Court that Rahul will apologize through a fresh affidavit for wrongly attributing “Chowkidar chor hai” remark to the Supreme Court. His earlier affidavit expressing regret was objected to by the Centre. They had told the Supreme Court that the affidavit submitted does not qualify as an apology. Now, the lawyer of Rahul Gandhi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has said that the affidavit not containing the word “apology” is a mistake and hence a fresh affidavit will be filed.
The case pertains to Rahul Gandhi’s statement “Chowkidar Chor hai” after the Rafale review petition was rejected by the Supreme Court. The Centre had raised objections to his statement. Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that Rahul Gandhi had not offered any unconditional apology for his remarks. He further added that rather than submitting an “unconditional apology” to the court, Rahul Gandhi has sought to justify “contemptuous statements” made by him “In the garb of a bona fide general perception”.
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Singhvi told the court “I have checked the dictionary, regret means apology. (But) I will say apology,”.
The Chief Justice stated, “We have great difficulty in understanding what your client says”. On this Mr Singhvi assured the court to “make a correction” and file a “better affidavit”.
The Supreme Court bench hearing the case comprising of Chief Justice Gogoi, and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph said that “We heard all. After extensive hearing, Singhvi wants to file additional affidavit. It is open for the respondent to file affidavit. The acceptance of any such affidavit will be considered on Monday,”.
The Supreme Court allowed Gandhi to file a new affidavit, expressing apology and has asked him to keep his political stand aside.
The Court hearing petitions asking for a review of its December order on Rafale, had on April 10 ruled that classified documents accessed by the media can be used as evidence. Rahul Gandhi welcomed the order hours later at a public rally with the “chowkidar” slogan, attributing it to the Supreme court judges.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for May 6.