The 56-year-old son of illustrious jurist Fali S Nariman was appointed as the country's second seniormost law officer 18 months ago. According to sources, Rohinton Nariman has not mentioned in his resignation letter the reason for quitting right now. However, speculation is rife that he and the Law Ministry did not see eye to eye on many issues and that is why he put in his papers.
Incidentally, his predecessor Gopal Subramaniam resigned in Jul 2011 because Nariman had earlier appeared before the Supreme Court on behalf of Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal in the 2G spectrum scam case. Subramaniam was upset over Nariman being chosen to represent the government without his knowledge.
Rohinton Nariman has appeared in several corporate and constitutional cases in the apex court and different high courts. Along with senior advocate Harish Salve, he argued for Reliance Industries Limited in the dispute between Mukesh Ambani and his younger brother Anil over the price of gas sourced from the Krishna Godavari basin.
When Rohinton Nariman was just 37 years old, the then Supreme Court Chief Justice MN Venkatachaliah designated him as a senior advocate after amending the rules which stipulated that only those lawyers above 45 years of age can become senior advocates.
Nariman completed his LLB from the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, and joined the Bar in 1974. He also studied at Harvard University.