Rahul Gandhi tenders unconditional apology to SC for ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe at PM
Congress President Rahul Gandhi today tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for using “Chowkidar chor hai” phrase against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a new affidavit, he said that he had “unintentionally and inadvertently” linked its Rafale case order to his “Chowkidar chor hai” phrase. He also sought closure of the contempt proceedings against him.
Rahul Gandhi submitted a three-page affidavit in which he wrote, he holds the court in ‘highest esteem and respect. He also wrote that “he has never sought or intended to, directly or indirectly, commit any act that interferes with the process of administration of justice”.
Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for Rahul Gandhi on April 30. He told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that Congress President will tender an apology. To which the court gave him the time till May 6 for filing a fresh affidavit for attributing the “chowkidar chor hai” remark to the apex court’s April 10 Rafale case order.
The court had taken objection to his first affidavit in which he had expressed “regret” (for the attribution of the remark) within brackets. The case was filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.