The government put on hold the elevation of former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium as a judge of the Supreme Court on the basis of a CBI report that said he met the lawyer for 2G scam accused A Raja in his office while he was the SG. It has now emerged that Subramanium, after he quit as SG in 2011, wrote to the then telecom minister Kapil Sibal, saying the government did not reveal the “extent of criminality” in the 2G case and reiterated that he “never interacted with any lawyer” in that case.
Subramanium wrote the letter on July 21, 2011, a week after he resigned from the post of SG.
When contacted, Sibal confirmed receiving a letter but could not recall its contents. Subramanium was not available for comment.
In his five-page letter to Sibal, accessed by The Indian Express, Subramanium wrote, “As far as 2G case goes, I was shocked to see that the extent of criminality wasn’t revealed to me by the government on its own. I have been hurt by the kind of media reports which have appeared about me. I just wish to put it on record for you that I never ever interacted with any lawyer in the case.”
The Indian Express had reported on Friday that the new government had decided to turn down a collegium recommendation to elevate Subramanium to the apex court based on the CBI’s “negative report”, although the Intelligence Bureau had given a clearance to the previous government for his appointment to the Supreme Court.
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Interestingly, it was the BJP government that asked the CBI to confirm the allegations in the media reports that Subramanium met former telecom minister and prime accused in 2G case A Raja’s briefing counsel along with CBI officers investigating the matter. The CBI in its reply had confirmed the allegations as reported by the media in October 2011.
Interestingly, the CBI continued to engage Subramanium in sensitive cases even after he left the government. He was the amicus curie in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, where his feedback to the court resulted in the CBI inquiry against the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government. The CBI later booked Modi’s trusted lieutenant Amit Shah in the encounter.