NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remarks in connection with the Rafale judgment which the apex court had said was “incorrectly attributed” to it.
In an affidavit in response to the apex court’s April 15 order, said he made the statement in the heat of political campaigning which has been misused by his opponents. He said he had no intention to lower the dignity of the apex court.
The apex court on April 15 had given a categorical clarification that in its Rafale judgment there was no occasion for it to make a mention of the contemptuous observation that “chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” as has been attributed to it by Gandhi.
The apex court is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday.
Rahul regrets remarks on SC’s Refale ruling; says made in the heat of campaign
Rahul added that his statement was in response to the BJP claiming victory after a December top court order giving the government a clean chit in the case.
“My political opponents wrongly projected that I had deliberately and intentionally suggested that the Supreme Court had said ‘Chowkidar chor hai‘. Nothing could be farther from my mind,” he said in his statement to the Supreme Court.
“It is also clear that no court would ever do that (say Chowkidar chor hai) and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political juxtaposition in the same breath in the heat of the political campaigning ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion in Rafale deal,” he said.