The Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed regret to the Supreme Court for his comments on its order on the Rafale fighter jet deal, accepting that he made them in “the heat of political campaigning” and the court “never said these words”.
In his statement to the top court Rahul added that opponent political parties “used and misused” his remarks.
Last week, the Supreme Court accused Rahul Gandhi of misquoting its order on the ongoing Rafale case. He was given a week’s time to explain before the ruling BJP’s contempt case against him was taken up on Tuesday.
Rahul Gandhi in his constituency said, “I want to thank the Supreme Court. The entire country is saying that Chowkidar chor hai (Chowkidar has committed theft). It is a day of celebration that the Supreme Court has talked about justice.”
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi while hearing the defamation case against Mr. Gandhi last week, made clear that “court never made such observation”. The court accused the Mr. Gandhi for incorrectly attributing the court, and seeked an explanation.
Rahul’s acceptance of regret literally means that Mr. Gandhi is guilty hence this gives more play to the BJP to target him. However it’ll be interesting to see how this defamation suit proceeds in the court, as per Indian laws criminal defamation suits on individuals could end up with a fine or two year jail or both.
Source : Various