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Rahul draws SC flak for not admitting mistake

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, April 30 - Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday drew flak from the Supreme Court over his fresh affidavit in which he did not directly admit his mistake for incorrectly attributing the allegedly contemptuous �chowkidar chor hai� remark to the apex court in the Rafale verdict.

�When you commit mistake, you should admit the mistake,� said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

It pointed out that at one point, Gandhi is admitting the mistake and at another denying having made the contemptuous remarks.

�We have great difficulty in understanding what you want to say in the affidavit,� said the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

The bench, which gave another opportunity to Gandhi to file a better affidavit relating to his remark, said, �You make the statement and then justify it.�

�Where in our order we have said so? How do you attribute all these statements to us?,� the bench asked, wanting to know from Gandhi�s counsel and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, �What is the meaning of expression �regret� used in the bracket in the affidavit?�

�Regret is same as apology. I checked in the dictionary,� replied Singhvi, who sought time from Tuesday to Monday to file a better affidavit to indicate that the Gandhi scion was sincerely apologising to the apex court.

The bench, which was anguished over the content of the affidavit, said: �How long you will keep on dragging this matter?�

Initially, the bench expressed its intention to expeditiously complete the matter saying, �We will hear your response and then close it�.

However, Singhvi said senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Ruchi Kohli made a submission by distorting the essence of the affidavit and he would like to clear the confusion by putting the counter and explanation by arguing for 10 minutes. � PTI

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