• In a major relief for Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Gujarat High Court rejected a contempt plea against him. 
  • The petition was filed against Modi for criminal contempt of court for allegedly disclosing contents of his correspondence with the Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal on the appointment of the state Lokayukta to the Prime Minister. 
  • The applicants had insisted that the deliberate sharing of the letter with the press influenced the proceedings of the Lokayukta case which was already in the High Court. 
  • The court, however, concluded that the sharing of the letter written by Modi with the press did not amount to its contempt. 
  • The Gujarat CM had written to Manmohan Singh last year demanding the recall of the Governor for having appointed a retired Justice, RA Mehta without consulting the state government. 
  • The state government had already challenged Mehta's appointment in the High Court when Modi wrote to the PM.