Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (30 April) “sincerely apologised” to the Supreme Court over his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ remark, Live Law has reported.
“I sincerely apologise for attributing the comment to SC”, Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said to the SC bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
Earlier, an affidavit was re-filed in the court on behalf of Rahul Gandhi in which he had again expressed regret for making the comment that, “even SC has acknowledged during the Rafale review petition that Chowkidar Chor Hai”.
In the affidavit Rahul Gandhi underscored that he had made the mistake "in a rhetorical flourish in the heat of the moment" and also blamed "electronic and social media reportage and the version of workers and activists surrounding him" for the incorrect attribution
The matter began when BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed a criminal contempt notice against Rahul Gandhi for making the aforementioned remark, following which a notice was issued to him by the Supreme Court.
In response to the notice, Rahul Gandhi had “expressed regret” over his apology and claimed that he had made the statement in the “heat of the campaign”. SC though was not satisfied by his apology and posted the matter to 30 April.