Though the Hon'ble Supreme Court ordering the presence of the 4 alleged Contemnors from the date till the case was resolved, none of the 4 alleged Contemnors was present and the Ld Solicitor General informed the Court that the advocate on record would file the reply the same day.
The voluminous reply was filed and it consisted of the
the alleged Contemnors present status - then Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, then Defence Secretary being appointef C&AG, Shri R S Gujral, then Expenditure Secretary and Smt Priti Mohanty, Secretary Def/Fin having retired, and Shri Arunava Dutt, then CGDA being promoted as Secretary Def/Fin,
Seeking exemption from personal presence of the alleged Contemnors, and
Averment that the Contemnors have obeyed the Hon'ble Court's order in "letter and spirit."
Parts of the CGDA's and MOF's comments, which were part of the reference to Ld Attorney General in July 2013, were included in the reply.