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.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.