Friday, 28 February 2014

Reply of Ld Solicitor General

The 49 page Contempt Petition (C) 328/2013 came up for hearing on 17 Feb 2014.

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.

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