New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday expressed regret over his remarks on the Supreme Court’s Rafale verdict being “incorrectly attributed” to the top court. In an affidavit filed in the court, Gandhi said, “It (his statement) has been used (and misused) by my political opponents to project that I had deliberately and intentionally suggested that this Court had said ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’”.
“Nothing would be further from my mind,” he further said in the written reply.
The Supreme Court had sought an explanation from the Congress chief by April 22 after BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi filed a plea seeking action on grounds of contempt of court.
“…it is clear and obvious that no court, much less the Apex Court, would adopt, endorse or uphold a political slogan like the above”, Gandhi said in his response.
“At the outset it is clarified that the answering Respondent did not have the slightest or remotest intention, desire or even thought process, to bring the court into the political arena or bring it into disrepute or attribute to it deliberately or willfully that which the court had not said or meant…
“There is no intention, direct, indirect, remote, implied or an attempt in any other manner to violate any court order, obstruct the administration of justice, or prejudice or interfere with the due course of any judicial proceedings, or scandalize the court in any manner,” Gandhi added in his affidavit.
The apex court is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday.
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