SOO..SORRY: Rahul Gandhi apologises for wrong observation against PM Modi

LS POLLS RAHUL APOLOGY

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has profusely apologised before the Supreme Court over a comment he made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi — that the PM was found to be guilty by the court in the Rafale case. In an affidavit filed before the SC, Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he made the statement in “the heat of the campaigning.” 

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi had filed a defamation complaint with the court against Rahul Gandhi’s campaign speech, saying it tarnished the image of the PM, the government and the BJP. Following this, the SC had issued notice to Rahul Gandhi, asking to explain his stand. In response, the Congress president submitted an apology.

“We make it clear that the statement attributed to this court in the address made by the respondent (Rahul Gandhi) to the media and the public has been incorrectly attributed to this court. We make it clear this court never made such an observation. We only decided on the admissibility of documents,” three judges led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said last week.

Rahul Gandhi’s comment was made in the context of the SC order that the documents stolen from defence ministry and produced in court as evidence can be made part of the case consideration. The court had not said the PM or the government was in any way guilty. It was still considering the case.

In the campaign heat, Rahul Gandhi jumped the gun and made what was alleged to be a highly irresponsible statement against the PM. The Congress president raised his campaign against the political rivals to a new pitch by calling PM Modi a “thief” vis-a-vis the Rafale deal. He had, at another time, gone to the extent of calling all Modis thieves — against which fugitive Lalit Modi is moving court. 

PM Modi himself took serious exception, saying an entire community was defamed. –IHN-NN

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