Rahul regrets over his remarks on Rafale verdict in SC, says statement given in excitation

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, expressing regret over his remarks related to its Rafale verdict which the apex court had said was “incorrectly attributed” to it. The apex court on April 15 had directed Gandhi to give his explanation by April 22.

Rahul, while targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafael case, said that now the Supreme Court has also admitted that ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (watchman is a thief). Following Rahul’s statement, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed a petition and lodged a complaint of contempt of court against Rahul Gandhi.

What said in the court?

In response to the contempt notice Rahul Gandhi said in the Supreme Court, Yes, I accept that the Supreme Court has never said ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (watchman is thief). This statement from my side was given in the excitement during the election campaign. While giving Undertaking in this matter, Rahul Gandhi said that I will not make any such comment in the public from the time that such a matter has not been mentioned in the record. He also said that my words have been rendered wrong by the opponents.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had made it clear that Gandhi’s remarks, made in the media, on the Rafale verdict were incorrectly attributed to the apex court.