Khurshid may talk to SG before govt decides
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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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