New Delhi: Hours after Rahul Gandhi apologised for attributing “chowkidar chor hai” comment to the Supreme Court, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman hit out at the Congress scion saying that he had no credibility as he has been repeatedly speaking lies.

“His credibility has taken a beating. People in public life to generously go on saying untruth & to repeat it is a matter of grief. I feel sorry that President of a national party like Congress depends only on falsehood,” Nirmala Sitharaman said while addressing a press conference.

Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret in Supreme Court over his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Calling his remarks ‘unfortunate’, the Congress chief accepted that the top court never used those words against the PM. Gandhi, in his response in SC, in connection with a contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, said he had made the statements in the heat of political campaigning which have been misused by his opponents.

Last week, the top court had said that the remarks made by Gandhi on its April 10 Rafale case verdict were “incorrectly attributed” to the SC. It had directed the Congress President to file his explanation by April 22.

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On April 10, soon after the Supreme Court verdict last week, Rahul had reportedly said, “I am ready to debate with PM Modi at a location of his choosing… the corruption in the deal is very evident… he has given IAF’s money to Anil Ambani. The SC order today proves that chowkidar chor hai .”