NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for wrongfully attributing his 'chowkidar chor hai' remark to the court after its Rafale judgment.
He also sought closure of the criminal contempt proceedings against him on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
In a fresh three-page affidavit, Gandhi said he holds the apex court in the "highest esteem and respect" and that he has never sought to do anything which interferes with the process of administration of justice.
"The deponent (Rahul Gandhi) unconditionally apologises for the wrongful attributions to this court. The deponent further states that any such attributions were entirely unintentional, non-wilful and inadvertent," Gandhi said in his affidavit.
"The deponent most respectfully prays that this court may be graciously pleased to accept the instant affidavit and close the present contempt proceedings," the affidavit stated.
Gandhi also said the affidavit is made "bonafide and in the interest of justice, and nothing material has been concealed therefrom".
"At the outset, the deponent herein most respectfully submits that he holds this court in the highest esteem and respect. The deponent has never sought or intended to, directly or indirectly, commit any act that it interferes with the process of administration of justice," the Congress chief said in his affidavit
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed the contempt petition against Gandhi, had alleged that he has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.
On April 30, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was categorical that Gandhi had to either offer a clear-cut apology or face criminal contempt for attributing the remark ‘chowkidar chor hai’, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to the court’s April 10 Rafale case order.
The case will now come up for hearing on May 10 along with petition seeking review of the court’s December 14 Rafale case judgement in which it dismissed all petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal for procuring 36 fighter jets from France.
With inputs from ANI, PTI