Moily to pursue Gopal Subramanium to drop resignation plan

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New Delhi, Jul 10: After the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, now, union law minister Veerappa Moily is going to hold the bat for UPA government in their test with the Solicitor General (SG), Gopal Subramanium.

Moily will meet Subramanium and will request him (Subramanium) to drop his plan to resign. However, Subramanium met the President, Pratibha Patil on Sunday, Jul 10.

Earlier, the PM urged the SG Subramaniam to refrain from resigning for some more time. Subramaniam is believed to have been miffed with the government move to hire a private lawyer to represent the Telecom Ministry on the 2G spectrum scam in the Supreme Court. He also considered the move belittling to his position.

The Solicitor General had come under fire earlier by the Supreme Court after the apex body sought an affidavit from the government over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's inaction in the controversial issues that cropped up during A Raja's tenure as Telecom Minister. It was during this time that the 2G spectrum scam blew up causing huge loss to the country's exchequer.

Though Subramaniam ignored the apparent snub, the government went a step further and asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to represent the Prime Minister in the Supreme Court instead of the Solicitor General. Meanwhile, Subramaniam continued to represent the Telecom Department.

However, while Moily was contacted in Bangalore, the law minister said, "I will be able to say more on the issue after I return to Delhi."

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