"Once an apology is tendered from heart" and all that has been said by the general is withdrawn, "I don't think that matter should be pursued even for a minute", said Justice RM Lodha, heading the bench that initiated the contempt proceedings against the former army chief.

The court also disallowed attempt by a lawyer to raise the issues about what the general had said on other occasions."This is a matter exclusively between the court and the contemenor (General Singh)" and "surely we don't want to enlarge the scope of the hearing", said Justice Lodha and Justice HL Gokhale.

The court took on record the statement by senior counsel representing General Singh wherein he said that all that has been said by the general in respect of the judiciary stands withdrawn.

(Agencies)

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