Responding to the Supreme Court's decision to ask Congress president Rahul Gandhi to file a fresh affidavit on Monday in the plea case filed by BJP Meenakshi Lekhi against his comment, Lekhi who is the current Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi constituency, has spoken exclusively to Republic TV on Tuesday, saying that his 'apology is no apology.'
"The apology furnished to the supreme court is the apology of an apology and it has been made clear to anyone that practices law knows contempt very well and knows how to wriggle out of it."
She also slammed the conditional nature of the apology stating that if justification of the wrongdoing is submitted it negates the apology.
"Apology has to be unconditional apology without ifs and buts. The affidavit itself justifies the wrong he (Rahul Gandhi) committed. Because of the justification, the Court has come heavily upon him (Gandhi) and the matter has been pushed to Monday. A fresh affidavit has to be filed on Monday as this a continuing offence by Gandhi. The court has given him yet another opportunity to apologise."
When asked about what she thinks should be the next recourse taken in the case, Lekhi said that Gandhi should be punished which will set an example to others who pull the courts into controversies.
"I am saying that he should be punished for his wrong which will send a message many such people who are dragging courts into controversy. This is the right time to set the modus that courts are beyond politics and courts continue to do so irrespective of the government."
Adding that such kind of loose comments occur due to an attitude adopted by the Congress that they were above the law, Lekhi has said that the affidavit filed by Gandhi's lawyers was inadequate.
"The affidavit drafted by so-called lawyers has not hepled him (Gandhi) and they(Congress) believe that they are above any supervisory power which is applicable to all citizens. They don't care as they are the power structure themselves. I guess that kind of attitude leads to this kind of wrongdoings."
The Supreme Court heard on Tuesday, the plea filed by Lekhi that alleged that Gandhi had attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice while commenting 'Supreme Court ne kaha hai Chowkidar Chor hai' after the SC rejected the Centre's objections to the review petition filed in the Rafale deal.
Following the plea filed by Lekhi, Gandhi had filed multiple affidavits in which he expressed regret in attributing the "Chowkidar Chor hai" comment to the SC's order. The CJI-led bench has ordered Gandhi to file a fresh affidavit by Monday as they were unsure what 'expression of regret' mentioned in Gandhi's affidavit meant.
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