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Solicitor Gen offers to resign, Law Min rejects it

Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 00:17

New Delhi: In a surprise development,
Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam on Sunday offered to resign,
apparently upset over a government move to hire a private
lawyer to represent Telecom Ministry in the 2G scam case.

Subramaniam is understood to have spoken to Law Minister
Veerappa Moily to make the offer of resignation but the latter
rejected it, sources said here.

The sources said Subramaniam was apparently unhappy over
a move to hire a private lawyer to represent Telecom Ministry
in the 2G scam case in the Supreme Court.

Subramaniam is said to have felt slighted by the move,
the sources said.
The Solicitor General had in November last year come
under fire from the government after Supreme Court asked it to
file an affidavit on alleged "inaction" by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh in preventing the then Telecom Minister A Raja
from allocating 2G spectrum in a controversial manner.

Subramaniam had sought to be dismissive about it but the
government has subsequently asked Attorney General G E
Vahanvati to represent the Prime Minister in the apex Court in
place of the Solicitor General.

Subramaniam continued to represent Department of
The government had also inducted eminent lawyer K K
Venugopal to represent CBI along with Additional Solicitor
General Haren Raval.


First Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 00:17
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