Attorney General to represent PM in SC

The SC had earlier asked the PM to file an affidavit on "alleged inaction" in the 2G scam.

New Delhi: Attorney General G E Vahanvati
will represent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G
spectrum case in the Supreme Court in place of Solicitor
General Gopal Subramanium.

Vahanvati said Friday that the government has asked
him to represent the Prime Minister in the case.

He, however, declined to comment on whether any
special instructions had been given to him by the government
in the matter.

Subramanium, when contacted, said, "It is not a
question of replacement but of better coordination. I will
continue to represent the central government and the
Department of Telecom on the issue while the Attorney General
will represent the Prime Minister."

The Supreme Court had yesterday asked the Prime
Minister to file by Saturday an affidavit on "alleged
inaction" in responding to a plea seeking sanction to
prosecute ex-Telecom minister A Raja in the spectrum case,
calling the matter "extremely serious."

A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly
had allowed an official to file the affidavit on behalf of the
Prime Minister after agreeing to a plea by the Solicitor
General in this regard.

The court had also said the CAG report on the 2G
spectrum allocation placed in Parliament was "revealing".

The court was hearing a petition filed by Janata Party
President Subramaniam Swamy that had sought a direction to the
Prime Minister for grant of sanction for prosecution of Raja
when he was the Telecom Minister. The Prime Minister is the
respondent number one in the petition.

Raja resigned on Sunday in the wake of mounting
pressure on him over the spectrum allocation controversy.

The court had granted time to the Centre to file the
affidavit after the Solicitor General said he is in a position
to place before it the entire record on the issue and file an
affidavit on behalf of the government.

The bench had also asked Swamy that if he wanted to
file any affidavit, he could do so by Monday. It posted the
matter for further hearing on Tuesday.

Later, the Solicitor General had said the court`s
observations did not amount to passing strictures on the Prime
Minister. "If judges cannot ask questions, then who will ask
the questions. We know how to deal with questions and we will
answer them," he said.

"Whatever was said (in the court) was part of a debate
which takes place when a matter is adjudicated," he had said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had asked some
embarrassing questions on lengthy delay on the part of the
Prime Minister in taking a decision on Swamy`s plea,
calling the "alleged inaction and silence" troubling.

PTI

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