Who leaked Modi`s letter to PM, asks Guj HC

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 21:45

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court, hearing
contempt petitions against Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the state government to find out who leaked a letter
written by him to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which had
confidential information on the Lokayukta issue.

A division bench of justices Akil Kureshi and Sonia
Gokani asked the state Advocate General to find out who leaked
his letter and whether he was aware of it (giving the letter
for publicity).
Two separate contempt of court petitions were filed in
the high court against Modi -- one by Bhikhabhai Jethva,
father of murdered RTI activist Amit Jethva, and the other by
a lawyer representing NGO Jan Sangarsh Manch.

Both of them contended the confidential letter was leaked
to the media by the State Information Department, when the
case related to the appointment of Lokayukta was pending
before the high court, which is contempt of court.
The court will now hear the case on September 21.

Appearing for Jethva, advocate Anand Yagnik said that
Modi by "consciously disclosing the letter written to the
prime minister on the subject matter of the ongoing judicial
proceedings and making it public has deliberately committed
criminal contempt".

In the letter, Modi levelled serious allegations against
Lokayukta R A Mehta, the governor, the Leader of Opposition
and even the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court. He had also
revealed communication between him and all the others
deliberately, Yagnik told the court.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 21:45

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