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Prime Minister accepts S-G's resignation

Gopal Subramanium

Gopal Subramanium  

Centre reportedly took serious view of his defying former Law Minister Veerappa Moily

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday accepted the resignation of Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam, who quit office in protest after Communications Minister Kapil Sibal asked senior lawyer Rohinton Nariman to represent him in the Supreme Court in the 2G case against him.

Mr. Subramaniam, while confirming the acceptance of the resignation, refused to make any comment. He was appointed Solicitor General in 2009 soon after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power. He is the present Chairman of the Bar Council of India. In the UPA-1, he had served as Additional Solicitor General.

Sources told The Hindu that the government had taken a serious view of his defiance, going against the advice of the former Law Minister Veerappa Moily asking him to continue and not do anything in haste. It was pointed out that Mr. Moily met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday evening to discuss Mr. Subramaniam's resignation and tried to persuade him to take back the resignation.

The government was also not happy over Mr. Subramaniam rushing to meet President Pratibha Patil on Sunday on the ground that it was against discipline and the protocol to be followed by a senior law officer. Further, the recent Supreme Court judgments on black money in which the court directed constitution of a special investigation team and the one declaring appointment of Special Police Officers (Salwa Judum) as unconstitutional were seen as a last straw for the exit of Mr. Subramaniam.

SG defends action

Mr. Subramaniam had defended his action, asserting that he had taken the step to protect the dignity and majesty of the office of the Solicitor General. He felt humiliated in the manner in which the file relating to the 2G case was withdrawn from him.

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