Subramanium says no to Special Public Prosecutor’s job in coal blocks cases

He is learnt to have communicated his inability to take up the role, citing prior engagements and a busy itinerary.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | Updated: July 20, 2014 1:38 am
Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium (Source: PTI) Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium (Source: PTI)

After opting out of the race for elevation as a Supreme Court judge, former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium has declined to act as the Special Public Prosecutor in the coal blocks allocation cases.

While Subramanium is out of the country, he is learnt to have communicated his inability to take up the role, citing prior engagements and a busy itinerary. Subramanium’s office confirmed this to The Sunday Express on Saturday, a day after a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha asked all the parties in the case to “persuade” him for the job.

“If you can convince him (Subramanium) to accept the role of special prosecutor, we will have no objection. You persuade him. If I failed in something, you (lawyers) can try to succeed,” the CJI said on Friday, while ordering a special court, on the lines of the one hearing the 2G cases, to be set up in Delhi for the coal blocks cases.

Its recommendation found favour with the petitioners’ advocate M L Sharma, as well as the counsel for the government and the CBI. Sharma later got in touch with Subramanium’s office, which communicated to him the senior advocate’s refusal.

Last month, Subramanium withdrew his consent for elevation as a Supreme Court judge, after the Centre “unilaterally segregated” him from a list of four names recommended by the SC collegium.

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  1. A
    Jul 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm
    Center denied consent because they know who he takes instructions from? Again now he refuses to take this job purely because of the same reason. He knows where his loyalties are.
  2. G
    Jul 20, 2014 at 8:29 am
    what's with CJI giving out consolation prize: SC judge na sahi, Special Public Prosecutor ban jaao?
  3. J
    John M
    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:43 am
    You are right.
  4. M
    Mohanraj Cp
    Jul 22, 2014 at 2:01 am
    His integrity viz a viz Congress is suspect.
  5. M
    Jul 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm
    Why make a big fuss out of this....his horoscope must be indicating that he would not get the plum posting....lets move on....
  6. S
    Surya Prakasam
    Jul 20, 2014 at 5:31 am
    good!There are enough lawyers around looking for a job.
  7. C
    Curious onlooker
    Jul 20, 2014 at 4:29 am
    It is incorrect to say Mr Subramaniam declined elevation as a supreme court judge. The Collegium's proposal to that effect did not receive the Center's consent and that was the truth. Why should Mr Subramaniam agree to the role of Special Prosecutor of coal block cases when his integrity was questioned for promotion as Supreme court Justice?
  8. T
    Jul 23, 2014 at 4:49 am
    Because he is more interested in running his facebook page and spread hatred online, rather than do something with his qualification. Harvard has already stopped him as a 'guest' faculty.
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