alleged reason

See: cover, gist, pretext
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The money, it appeared, had not been paid; perhaps the alleged reasons were rather equivocal; but otherwise I cannot sufficiently express our general surprise at the extreme good sense, the reasoning powers, moderation, candour, and prompt resolution, which were displayed on all sides.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned of "grave consequences," and the Russian military is talking retaliation, if the US occupying troops attack Syrian government forces under any alleged reason.
However, Turkey's concerns have fallen on deaf ears, with Washington continuing to throw its weight behind the YPG with the alleged reason that it was fighting Daesh.
Reportedly, Ministry of Information handed over additional charge of managing director (MD) PTV to Secretary Information Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera without consulting Qasmi over the issue, which was the alleged reason for the tussle.
The alleged reason for this measure was because of the "basic unfairness in asking taxpayers to fund grants for people who are likely to earn a lot more than them".
That's the alleged reason who was murdered, some claim.
Another alleged reason was because one of the emergency doors opens inwards to the theatre while it should open outwards," he said.
With regards to Iranian interference in our internal affairs, if the alleged reason is that Iran cares about the situation of Shiites in Bahrain, this is an unacceptable sectarian excuse," Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the Minister of Interior, said.
They fabricated the lie and believed it taking it as an alleged reason to incite against Future Movement," said Hariri.
The alleged reason behind his decision to step down was Hezbollah's opposition to the extension of the mandate of then-Internal Security Forces Director General Ashraf Rifi.
This was also the alleged reason for Tooba murdering the cameraman.
The second alleged reason is that, as televisions have got thinner, the sound system housed within the inch and a half of high technology widescreen HD screen, has suffered.