Govt accepts Solicitor Gen Gopal Subramaniam's resignation

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Salman Khursheed
New Delhi, Jul 15: The issue of the Solicitor General's resignation has finally subsided with the government accepting his resignation. Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium was irked at the government's decision to hire a private lawyer to represent the Telecom Ministry in the 2G spectrum scam hearing in court. He felt belittled by the move and expressed his desire to quit from the top post.

Reports mentioned that the new Law Minister Salman Khursheed accepted Subramaniam's resignation. Khursheed has commented on the controversy that had erupted over the Solicitor General's issue, "...a lot of water has already flown under the bridge before I came. I will take a quick stock of the situation and in consultation with the Prime Minister I will take a decision as per the directions available from him."

The exiting Solicitor General had assumed office on Jun 15, 2009 for a three-year term. He was quoted as saying to agencies post-resignation, "I leave the office of the Solicitor General of India with pride. I am grateful to God that I had this opportunity (to serve as SG)."

In spite of the continued persuasions from the Prime Minister and former Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Subramaniam seemed adamant and stood his stand.

Subramaniam had a stellar career spanning 13 years, starting off as an advocate in 1980 and the Supreme Court later elevating him to a senior advocate's rile in 1993 due to his prowess. An impressive criminal lawyer, he was appointed the Special Public Prosecutor in the Parliament attack case. He was also responsible for conviction Manu Sharma who is accused in the Jessica Lal murder case.

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