Stalemate in Solicitor General resignation issue

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily met PM Manmohan Singh to discuss the resignation of Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam.

New Delhi: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the resignation of Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, sources said.

Though there was no official word on what transpired in the meeting, it is learnt that Manmohan Singh suggested that Subramaniam may be asked not to press his resignation, the sources added.

Subramaniam, the country`s number two law officer, has not so far indicated whether he was inclined to retract his step or not.

Meanwhile, Subramaniam Monday stayed away from the apex court. He had conveyed to the Attorney General`s office his decision not to attend the court, sources said.
Because of this, the hearing on the matter of infrastructure in subordinate courts, which was listed before the special bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice K.S. Radhakrishanan, could not be held.

In the 2G spectrum cases - the bone of contention for Subramaniam, senior counsel Rohington Nariman appeared for Communications Minister Kapil Sibal and argued the case on his behalf.

Subramaniam offered to quit Saturday after feeling upset over Kapil Sibal substituting him by senior counsel Rohington Nariman in the 2G scam case.
He sent the quit letter to Manmohan Singh`s office as Moily was away in Bangalore.

Subramaniam told reporters Sunday that he had quit to protect the "dignity of the office". "I feel it was unfair," Subramaniam said about the appointment of Nariman by Sibal.

In his letter to Manmohan Singh, the sources said, Subramaniam has complained that Sibal didn`t think it necessary to take him into the confidence before appointing Nariman.

He has also mentioned that he was personally asked by the prime minister to appear before the Supreme Court in the 2G matters but the minister chose to substitute him.


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