As Rahul Gandhi attacks Anil Ambani over Rafale, Sibal appears as RComm lawyer in SC

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Congress chief Kapil Sibal represents Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communication in SC in case associated to promoting firm belongings to brother Mukesh Ambani.

New Delhi: Day after day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for favouring industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal. But his get together’s senior chief and Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal could have blunted the assault by representing Ambani junior in a case associated to promoting belongings of his firm Reliance Infocomm Ltd to his elder brother Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio.

Anil Ambani had agreed in 2017 to promote Reliance Communication’s tower, spectrum and fibre belongings to Reliance Jio to enhance the corporate’s monetary well being.

Left red-faced, the Congress Tuesday maintained that Sibal was doing this in his private capability.

“Well, you need to divorce the lawyer from the politics. Whenever we appear in the court we don’t appear as members of the Congress party but as officers of the court,” stated Manish Tewari, senior Congress chief and spokesperson of the get together.

Sibal advised ThePrint he had all the time criticised the Rafale deal and that his and the get together’s stand on the problem was clear.

“I have criticised the Rafale deal myself several times and had gone to the press giving details of the deal. I am not representing Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal and I never will,” he stated.

“The case you are referring to is a dispute between him and the department of Telecommunications, so where is the question of double standards? I have raised questions regarding the Rafale deal and will continue to do so.”


However, a number of others in the get together weren’t prepared to purchase this clarification.

“Even though it is his choice which case he wants to take in the middle of such important elections, he seems to forget that he is also the party MP. He should decide what is more important for him – law or politics? The timing is completely wrong” stated a senior get together chief, who didn’t want to be recognized.

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Congress’ Rafale pitch

The Congress president has been attacking the BJP-led Central authorities over the Rafale deal and had referred to as Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “corrupt man” too.

Gandhi had alleged that whereas the PM had promised to be a “gatekeeper for the country”, he solely turned out to be a “gatekeeper for Anil Ambani”.

He had additionally termed the Rafale deal as “an open and shut case” and “a partnership between Modi and Anil Ambani. The Congress has additionally been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into the deal.

The case in SC

The Supreme Court Tuesday admitted the Centre’s plea to reiterate a requirement of ₹2,940 crore in financial institution ensures from Reliance Communication in direction of its fee liabilities earlier than it cleared Anil Ambani’s proposed take care of his brother Mukesh’s agency Reliance Jio.

The Centre was difficult Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) orders dated 1 and 11 October, the place the tribunal had accepted Reliance Communication’s proposal of placing up its Navi Mumbai property as safety in lieu of financial institution ensures as demanded by the Department of Telecommunication.

Representing the Centre, extra solicitor common P.S. Narasimha stated: “There is no precedent for the Centre to accept land/buildings as security towards unpaid dues… the land provides no such securitisation and cannot be monetised on demand. Undertaking not to alienate property worth ₹1,400 crore is not in compliance with trading guidelines.”

Responding to the Centre’s plea, senior advocate Sibal stated the corporate couldn’t put up financial institution ensures because it was present process insolvency proceedings.

“I can’t give a bank guarantee. If this deal is not allowed to go through, a lot of entities will suffer. Banks who are secured creditors will be in jeopardy and the deal falls through,” Sibal advised the court docket.

Yesterday, Anil Ambani’s firm advised the Supreme Court that its asset sale to Reliance Jio could not undergo if approvals are usually not in place by mid-December.

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