Rahul Gandhi admits misquoting Supreme Court verdict on Rafale Deal
"My political opponents wrongly projected that I had deliberately and intentionally suggested that the Supreme Court had said 'Chowkidar chor hai'. Nothing could be farther from my mind," he said in his statement to the Supreme Court.
"It is also clear that no court would ever do that (say Chowkidar chor hai) and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political juxtaposition in the same breath in the heat of the political campaigning ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion in Rafale deal," he said.
Rahul Gandhi clarified that while interacting with the media, he had said that Supreme Court had also 'agreed' that PM Narendra Modi has done corruption in the Rafale deal and it was in continuance of his constant campaign slogan 'Chowkidar chor hai'.
The Congress President Rahul Gandhi was given a week's time to file his response to contempt case filed against him by the BJP.
"We make it clear the statement attributed to this court in the address made by the respondent (Rahul Gandhi) to the media and public has been incorrectly attributed to this court. We make it clear this court never made such observation. We only decided on the admissibility of documents," three judges led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said last week.
The BJP had sued Rahul Gandhi for putting up words on the Supreme Court ruling.
"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.