Asks top court to close contempt case, PM Modi says Congress abusing him
The affidavit came ahead of the hearing on the contempt petition filed against him by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday. His earlier affidavit was considered unsatisfactory by the Court as the word ‘regret’ was given in parenthesis giving an impression to the Court that the apology was not serious. Lekhi’s counsel senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi pointed out that Gandhi’s affidavit lacked remorse as an apology must be stated upfront.
In his crisp three-page affidavit filed by lawyer Sunil Fernandes, Gandhi said, “The deponent (Gandhi) unconditionally apologises for the wrongful attributions to this Court…any such attributions were entirely unintentional, non-wilful, and inadvertent.”
Gandhi asked the Court to accept his apology and close the contempt proceedings against him. The contempt petition against him was initiated following his April 10 remark, when the SC passed an order allowing certain classified documents to be relied by the petitioners who were seeking review of the December 14, 2018 decision of the SC turning down demands for an independent probe into the purchase deal of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Gandhi commented that by this ruling even the SC has said that “Chowkidar Chor hai”, linking the SC proceeding with his political campaign to attack PM Modi.
Meanwhile, taking a dig at Gandhi at a rally in New Delhi, PM Modi said that he is confused by the Congress chief’s definition of “love”. The PM spelled out more than 20 alleged abuses, which, he said were used against him by Congress leaders.