On Tuesday, the Supreme Court directed RahulGandhi to file an explicit affidavit by Monday, on seeking apology over the contempt of court petition filed against him. The three-bench judging panel led by Chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi expressed dissatisfaction over the affidavit submitted by Rahul over the remark linking the apex court to the ‘Chawkidar Chor’ jibe he made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked Rahul to make clear the meaning of the word ‘regret’ in the affidavit in which he sought apology and stated that all what it (the Court) could find in Rahul’s affidavit was justifications. The court pointed out that the Congress President was seen to have made contradictory statements in the affidavit. At one point, he was admitted to his mistakes and on the other side Rahul was seen denied to his mistakes.
The court deferred the hearing of the case to May 6.
In the affidavit submitted by Rahul over the contempt of court case, he agreed to have made the remark out of” rhetorical flourish in the heat of campaigning’’. The contempt of Court petition was filed against Rahul by Meenakhi Lekhi, the BJP MP over incorrectly attributed the ’ Chawkidar Chor’ remark he made to the apex court judgment, on addressing an election rally. Earlier the court had flayed Rahul over the 22-page affidavit he submitted over seeking apology and he was asked to submit a fresh affidavit.