Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan Wednesday told the Supreme Court that he would rather express “remorse” instead of furnishing an “apology” over his comments describing the July 30 Bulandshahr gangrape of a woman and her teenage daughter as a “political conspiracy”. “It is difficult for me to say apology, but I am ready to express remorse,” senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Khan, submitted before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy.
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Sibal’s statement came after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, who has been appointed as amicus curiae in the matter, objected to the affidavit filed by Khan. The affidavit read that “if any word or deed of (his) has caused any pain to the victims or their family… then (he) unconditionally and without reserve expresses his sincere and heartfelt remorse at anything said by him which may have unintentionally added to their suffering”.
Nariman and Rohatgi contended it was not unconditional apology and did not meet the requirement. Sibal then requested the bench to ignore the affidavit and let him file a fresh affidavit. The court gave him time till December 15 to file the “requisite” affidavit.