Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday apologized for linking his party's political slogan "Chowkidar Chor Hai" to the Supreme Court with the Rafale case petition filed by an affidavit in the Supreme Court. While apologising, he said that he had unintentionally and inadvertently linked the Supreme Court's order in the Rafale review plea to his 'chowkidar chor hai' political jibe against Narendra Modi.

Gandhi filed a three-page affidavit seeking an unconditional apology. He also urged the Supreme Court to close the contempt case filed against him based on a petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Meenakshi Lekhi.

The court on April 15 had directed Gandhi to give his explanation by April 22. In the affidavit, Gandhi said he had made the statements in the heat of political campaigning which have been misused by his opponents. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had made it clear that Gandhi's remarks, made in the media, on the Rafale verdict were incorrectly attributed to the Supreme Court.

 The Supreme Court will hear the case on Friday.