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Congress 'Embarrassed' By Kapil Sibal's Defence of Triple Talaq in SC

Congress leadership is unhappy with Kapil Sibal's decision to defend triple talaq on behalf of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in the Supreme Court, top party sources told.

The senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP defended triple talaq on the grounds that 'it is an age-old tradition and could not be considered unconstitutional', leading to criticism on social media and other platforms.

"Congress has always said that the issue of triple talaq was about the basic rights of women. Sibal countering that taints Congress's image. The party high command has not approached Sibal to withdraw from the case yet. But, it is worried what his defence might do to the party's image," a source told.

This is not the first time when Congress leaders have acted out of the party's stand on issues or worked in ways that are in contradiction to the party's policies.

In 2010, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had fought on behalf of the lottery operators in Kerala, which irked the Kerala Congress since the party was fighting election in the state on its stand against the lottery mafia.

Singhvi later withdrew from the case. Singhvi had also defended Rajeev Chandrashekhar against the Akrama Sakrama scheme of the Karnataka government, which allowed regularization of 'unauthorized' construction in the state.

Sibal, too, has had run-ins with the party in the past. He had, earlier this year, defended the Trinamool Congress in the Sharada scam, at a time when the Congress had just worked up its alliance with the Left ahead of the Bengal polls. Ahmed Patel, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, was asked to convince Sibal to drop the case.

"Sibal told the party that he was not going to back off since he was a lawyer too, who had to perform his professional duties," a source told. The Bengal Congress unit was visibly upset and threatened to boycott Sibal and not allow him to attend any official events organized by it.

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