Rahul tenders unconditional apology for attributing 'chowkidar chor hai' remarks

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court for wrongfully attributing to the apex court the 'chowkidar chor hai' remark in the Rafale verdict

He also sought closure of the criminal contempt proceedings against him on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi

In a fresh three-page affidavit, Rahul said he holds the apex court in the "highest esteem and respect" and that he has never sought to do anything which interferes with the process of administration of justice

"The deponent (Rahul Gandhi) unconditionally apologises for the wrongful attributions to this court. The deponent further states that any such attributions were entirely unintentional, non-wilful and inadvertent," Rahul said in his affidavit

"The deponent most respectfully prays that this court may be graciously pleased to accept the instant affidavit and close the present contempt proceedings," the affidavit stated

Rahul also said the affidavit is made "bonafide and in the interest of justice, and nothing material has been concealed therefrom.