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Khurshid may talk to SG before govt decides

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 23:49

New Delhi: Newly-appointed Law Minister
Salman Khurshid on Tuesday did not rule out talking to Solicitor
General Gopal Subramanium before the government takes a final
decision on his resignation.

"Why should I not talk to anyone...but as a lawyer, I must
say I have not received the brief. I will have to go through
the issue," Khurshid told reporters here.

He was asked whether he would speak the Solicitor General
on the issue.

Terming the entire episode as "unfortunate", he said he
will first go through the entire details and the "various
versions" available before deciding on any thing.

He said he knew Subramanium well and termed him as an
"excellent lawyer".

Subramanium, who has been appearing for the government in
the 2G related cases in the Supreme Court, said it was
"unfair" that the Law Ministry chose to appoint Rohington
Nariman as counsel for Union of India to appear in a PIL by an
NGO against Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal without his consent.

Slighted by the appointment of the counsel without taking
him into confidence, Subramanium had sent his resignation to
the Prime Minister on Saturday.

Asked about his priorities in the new office, Khurshid
said it was too premature to comment on the issue.

He said he would soon meet outgoing Law Minister M
Veerappa Moily to discuss various programmes initiated by him
in the ministry.

He said while the overall point-of-view of the government
has been laid out, he would work on the issue further.


First Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 23:49

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