Congress president Rahul Gandhi will file a fresh affidavit on Monday to apologise for wrongly attributing the ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ remark to the Supreme Court, his lawyer told Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi today (Tuesday, April 30).
The BJP had objected to the Congress chief’s earlier affidavit expressing regret, saying it is did not amount to an apology.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Gandhi, said it was a mistake that the affidavit did not contain the word ‘apology’ and a fresh one would be filed.
The Supreme Court adjourned to next Monday the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi Singhvi undertook “to file a better affidavit”.
Though Rahul tendered regrets twice, the court still pursued the matter and reminded his counsel Singhvi: “You have contradicted yourself in the affidavit. At one place, you say something and at another you deny it. If you start arguing on the basis of this affidavit, we won’t give you an opportunity to file a better affidavit.”
“When you make a mistake, accept it. Everyone does it,” CJI Ranjan Gogoi told Singhvi.
When Singhvi said: “I say sorry for attributing chowkidar comment to the Supreme Court,” the court reminded him “where have you said all this in your affidavit?”
Singhvi replied: “I have checked with the dictionary. Regret means an apology. (But) I will say apology.”
Singhvi assured the court that he would “make a correction” and file a “better affidavit” on Monday.
“We heard all. After extensive hearing, Singhvi wants to file additional affidavit. It is open for the respondent to file affidavit. The acceptance of any such affidavit will be considered on Monday,” said the bench comprising Chief Justice Gogoi, and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph.
Appearing for the petitioner Meenakshi Lekhi, former AG and Senior Adv Mukul Rohatgi said: “He claims to be literate person. But in his affidavit he says he didn’t read or analyse the court verdict before making the comment. Three hours later, he again says it in a different rally. What kind of regret is this?”
The matter will be again heard on Monday after Rahul files fresh affidavit.