Gopal Subramanium withdraws candidature for appointment as SC judge

Subramanium withdrew his candidature for appointment as SC judge following a negative report by CBI.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2014 7:25 pm
Subramanium withdrew his candidature for appointment as SC judge following a negative report by CBI. Subramanium withdrew his candidature for appointment as SC judge following a negative report by CBI.

Days after the Narendra Modi-led NDA government asked the collegium to reconsider his candidature in the wake of a “negative” CBI and IB reports against him, former Solicitor General in the UPA government Gopal Subramanium has withdrawn his candidature for the post of the Supreme Court judge.

Subramanium’s office confirmed to The Indian Express that the senior advocate has officially withdrawn his candidature and wished not be not reconsidered by the Supreme Court collegium, which had sent his name to the Law Ministry for confirmation as a judge.

The government, however, cleared the names of senior advocate Rohinton Nariman, Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel for elevation to the SC Bench but asked the collegium to give a second thought on Subramanium’s candidature.

READ EXCERPTS FROM LETTER

As protocol would demand, Subramanium communicated his withdrawal to Chief Justice of India R M Lodha by writing him a nine-page letter, in which he said he felt “let down” by the charges against him and that there was a “malicious” campaign to discredit him.

The letter added: “I’m fully conscious that my independence as a lawyer is causing apprehensions that I will not toe the government line. This factor has been decisive in refusing to appoint me.”   He said that the alleged “negative” reports by the CBI and IB were only “half-truths.”

A “negative” report by the CBI and the IB was apparently behind the government’s rejection of Subramanium’s elevation as a judge ofthe Supreme Court.

The report, which sources in the CBI described as a “categorical opinion”, was sent to the Law Ministry. The ministry had sent a query to the investigating agency in the wake of reports that Subramanium had, as SG, met with the lawyer for 2G scam accused former telecom minister A Raja in hisoffice, in the presence of CBI officers in charge of the investigation.

The CBI’s secret communication to the ministry has confirmed that Subramanium was not engaged by the agency in the 2G matter at that time.

Significantly, however, the report has also referred to Subramanium’s alleged “link” to former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, whose  intercepted phone conversations are under CBI scrutiny.

 

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

First Published on: June 25, 2014 11:02 am
  1. R
    Regular Indian
    Jun 25, 2014 at 9:39 am
    show-off ? .... cyring foul ?
    Reply
    1. V
      Vivek kumar
      Jun 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm
      Sonia hi's chamcha has been kicked out by Modi. Nothing wrong in it.
      Reply
      1. B
        Bhuvan Raz
        Jun 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm
        Sorry brother. A gun cam kill a terrorist and a the same gun can kill a normal citizen. But the actions are different. BJP used their weapon for a good reason. If he is clean , let the collegium say that he is a clean man!! If they say it again, government cannot stop his position. Hope you know that. He is a congress lobbyist and got the post at the last minute on 15th May at a time when they knew they can be no more in power, as a favor to help them when needed as a long term plan. These things though may seem harsh have to be scuttled.
        Reply
        1. G
          Guesstimater
          Jun 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm
          Sounds like he was politically inclined to a particular political grouping.
          Reply
          1. D
            drnbhashyam
            Jun 25, 2014 at 11:08 am
            Can't the Supreme Court collegium find some one not mired in controversies for elevation to the highest court ....
            Reply
            1. G
              Girish
              Jun 25, 2014 at 6:21 am
              what's the point of withdrawing candidature when he has already been rejected?
              Reply
              1. G
                G Subramanium
                Jun 26, 2014 at 6:37 am
                Should learn to respect the Government first. Both CID and NDA can not be wrong. May you earn more in your private practice!
                Reply
                1. N
                  Nandita
                  Jun 25, 2014 at 5:15 pm
                  Gopal Subramaniam is one of the names that are mentioned in Radia tapes and might be involved in 2G scam.
                  Reply
                  1. S
                    siva
                    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm
                    A man who writes and plays to the gallery as him should have never been recommended. His absolutely prejudiced report to the supreme court about the beloved Maharajah of Travancore and the Temple smacks of his double standards and inability to analyse and report truth.The devotees at large are elated by the rejection of his nomination.
                    Reply
                    1. S
                      Shankar Shankar
                      Jun 25, 2014 at 11:26 am
                      In our country, it is unfortunate that not even one individual is available getting clean chit from both ruling and opposition parties.Every issue is decided on loyalty and not on merit.
                      Reply
                      1. S
                        sUJEET
                        Jun 25, 2014 at 9:57 am
                        Such issues confirm that these politicians should not be allow to meddle with anything related to judiciary. Congress and BJP are other faces of same coin. One will appoint other will remove.
                        Reply
                        1. Load More Comments