Justice Iyer apologises to Rahul Gandhi
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Last Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011, 15:03
  
New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge VR Krishna Iyer, who had launched a scathing attack on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, on Monday sent an apology letter to him.

"Forgive me if I have been bitter in my letter to you. I am too old (97) and critical of parties CPM and Congress for governmental delinquencies," Iyer wrote.

Iyer's comments came in his reply to Gandhi, who had responded to the former judge's first letter on April 9, in which Gandhi was asked to take steps to tackle corruption.

Iyer had criticised Rahul Gandhi saying that the Gandhi scion lacked ideology and that he was not a socialist by conviction.

He further said that people flock to his rallies just to see him and not to listen to his speeches.

"He has nothing to say new to this country. He is not a socialist by conviction. He has no ideology at all. Such a person when he goes in the villages, people out of curiosity to see this man come and see," Iyer added.

Responding to Iyer's letter, Gandhi had said that "like most right thinking Indian people, I feel exactly the same way as you do. I spend a lot of my waking hours thinking and working to improve what I see as a rotten system."

"The difference is that I cannot get away simply with writing letters and complaining as you can. I am faced with the reality of changing things which requires much more than periodic release of emotion," he added.

Justice Iyer was a Supreme Court judge between 1973 and 1980.

In 1989, in cooperation with like-minded social activists, he had founded a forum named Independent Initiative, to monitor the polls, a task that was appreciated by several countries around the world.

ANI


First Published: Monday, April 18, 2011, 15:03


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