Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Congress said on Wednesday that it was most unfortunate that former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium had withdrawn his name for appointment as Supreme Court judge.
Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI, “He is respected globally, one of the finest lawyers of his time, I can only say this is most unfortunate.”
Eminent lawyer Subramanium today opted out of being considered for appointment as SC judge after lashing out at the Modi government accusing it of ordering CBI to "scrounge" for "dirt" against him to scuttle his elevation.
Subramanium, who had assisted the Supreme Court in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in which Amit Shah, a close aide of Prime Minister Narender Modi is now an accused, said that he was being "targeted" because of his independence and integrity.
He suggested that his role as amicus curiae, a friend of the court, in the Sohrabuddin case, could have been the reason for government opposing his elevation, although he had no direct evidence.
Subramanium, a former SG, sent a 9-page letter to the Chief Justice of India R M Lodha withdrawing his consent to be appointed as a judge saying that he did not want his elevation to be "the subject matter of any politicisation".
His name had been recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court bench by its collegium along with three others, Chief Justices of Calcutta and Odisha High Courts Arun Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goyal respectively and senior advocate Rohinton Nariman.
Recent reports have suggested the NDA government`s reluctance to Subramanium`s appointment while it is said to have cleared the other three names. The CBI and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are said to have given adverse reports against him, PTI reported.
With PTI inputs