New Delhi: In a huge victory for the BJP, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed 'regret' to the Supreme Court for 'misquoting the SC order' on the Rafale verdict. The Congress president said the remarks were made in the heat of campaigning and the court had 'never said these words'.
Rahul Gandhi was filing his response in the court in connection with a contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi over his statement on Rafale verdict.
In his reply in Supreme Court, Rahul 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."
The Supreme Court had on April 10 ruled that documents submitted by the petitioners were admissible as evidence and the case, alleging irregularities in the purchase of the Rafale jets from France, would be heard on its merits. The Centre had said that the documents submitted by the petitioners were stolen documents and were hence not admissible as evidence.
Soon after the verdict, Rahul Gandhi claimed vindication and said that the Supreme Court had accepted that there was corruption in the Rafale deal. "Supreme Court has made it clear that chowkidar allowed the theft. SC has accepted that some sort of corruption took place in the Rafale deal," Rahul told reporters after the top courts ruling.