Finally, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today apologised to the Supreme Court for incorrectly attributing the “chowkidar chor hai” remark to the apex court.
Gandhi’s counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi offered the apology on behalf of Gandhi, a day after the Congress chief filed a reply to the apex court’s notice on the issue, in which he had only expressed regret for the comments.
Gandhi, who filed a fresh affidavit following the formal notice issued to him by the apex court on a criminal contempt petition filed against him by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, has written the word “regret” in brackets.
However, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, who was heading the bench, pulled up the Congress president for putting the word ‘regret’ in a bracket in his affidavit. “Where is your apology,” the CJI asked Gandhi.
In his reply, Singhvi, who was representing Gandhi said, “Regret is same as apology.” In his affidavit, Gandhi said he had made the remark in the “heat of campaigning” and that his comment was not meant to scandalise the court in any manner.