Rahul regrets attributing ‘chor’ remarks to SC

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Modi to an 'open debate' on corruption

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Modi to an 'open debate' on corruption

On a day Rahul Gandhi expressed regret in the Supreme Court over his remarks in connection with the top court's Rafale judgment, the Congress president attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying on May 23, it will be decided in the people's court that the "lotus brand chowkidar" is indeed the thief.

The Supreme Court had last week issued a notice to Gandhi in connection with a contempt petition filed against him by Lekhi in connection with the Rafale deal case and had sought an explanation from him. "It is also clear that no court would ever do that and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political slogan in juxtaposition the same breath in the heat of political campaigning ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion on that issue", Gandhi said in his response submitted in the court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on April 15 had made a decision to consider the criminal contempt petition filed by Lekhi against Gandhi for attributing to it some observations that were not in the Rafale judgment.

Gandhi clarified on Monday that on 10 April when he reached the district collector's room in Amethi he was "accosted" by local journalists who wanted his reaction on the Rafale judgement.

Mr. Gandhi said his comments were based from the media, workers and activists surrounding him. He added that there was a general sense of victory among the people who had been demanding an inquiry into the Rafale deal and the general perception made him believe that the case had been re-opened. Nothing could be farther from my mind, "News18.com quoted Gandhi as saying in his affidavit".

The affidavit provided a detailed table with the names, statements and the sources of the statements made by Modi and other senior leaders of the BJP. 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. Lies no limitations, disinformation no confines!

In her plea, Lekhi, the Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi constituency, has alleged that Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.