Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: After former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium withdrew his candidature for appointment as Supreme Court judge saying that he was “let down” by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre over lack of support and to protect his "honour and dignity", the BJP on Wednesday rubbished the charges made by him.
The BJP said that there was no basis to the allegations being made by Subramanium and added that, “The decision was taken by keeping only the merits in mind.”
Subramanian in a letter to the Chief Justice of India wrote, “I`m fully conscious that my independence as a lawyer is causing apprehensions that I will not toe the government line. This factor has been decisive in refusing to appoint me.”
The former Solicitor General further alleged that there was a campaign out to malign his image and that all charges against him are untrue adding that he was cleared by all agencies on May 15.
Subaramanium also said that he has been let down by the judiciary as no one raised a voice against the government.
According to sources, Subramanium withdrew his candidature after there were reports doing rounds in the media that the Central government is opposed to appoint him as the judge of the apex court citing reasons that the former S-G had `links` with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia and also because of a `negative` CBI report, and also staged shoot out cases of Sohrabbudin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, and the case relating to Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Amit Shah.
While Talking to reporters, he said that Subramanium refuted the reports and said, "Nobody could have withstood to such a rubbish like this."
Meanwhile, the Congress today hit out at the ruling BJP, saying that the abuse of institutions was alarming. Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Subramaniam was one of the finest lawyers of his time and is respected globally, I can only say this is most unfortunate,” ANI reported.
Those cleared were Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Arun Mishra, Orissa High Court Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and senior advocate Rohinton Nariman. The warrants of appointments in these cases are likely to be issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan shortly, the sources said.
It is being learnt that the government have sent a note to the collegium giving out reasons for its reservations over appointing Subramanium to the apex court.