NEW DELHI: 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 reply in Supreme Court, Gandhi said “my statements were used and misused by the political opponents” and that he “gave the statements in the heat of the political campaigning”, news agency ANI reported on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi apologised in his reply to the Supreme Court notice in connection with a contempt petition filed against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Rafale controversy. Rahul Gandhi was served notice by the Supreme Court and accused of misquoting it on its Rafale order and was given a week to explain before the ruling BJP's contempt case against him was taken up on Tuesday.
After the Supreme Court announced its decision to allow leaked Rafale documents to review a previous judgment, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had claimed a moral victory and said the court has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "committed theft".
"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 Congress president had said in his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The SC bench had issued a clarification that it had not made any remarks regarding the Prime Minister's role in the Rafale deal.