Temple case: Apex court requests Subramanium to continue as amicus

The counsel for the devotees also raised objections to the submissions made by members of Travancore’s royal family.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 7, 2014 1:19 am

The Supreme Court Wednesday requested former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to reconsider his decision to withdraw as amicus curiae in the Kerala’s Padmanabhaswamy temple case. A bench of Justices T S Thakur and Anil R Dave deferred its order on an application by Subramanium, seeking his discharge from the case after counsel for a section of devotees urged the court to request the senior counsel to continue.

Initially, the bench was in favour of allowing Subramanium to withdraw from the case but advocates P B Suresh and Vipin Nair pointed out the involvement of Subramanium in the case and a 500-page report prepared by him after staying for more than a month in the temple premises.

Putting on record the lawyers’ submissions over Subramanium’s significant role in the case, the court requested him to reconsider his decision and adjourned the matter for November. “In view of the fact that Subramaniam has spent considerable time and in view of the nature of issues, we would ask him to reconsider his decision for discharge in the matter and think of continuing. We ask him to communicate about his decision after reconsideration,” said the bench.

The counsel for the devotees also raised objections to the submissions made by members of Travancore’s royal family that Subramanium as an amicus had overreached his mandate by levelling serious allegations against them in his report.

At this, the court made it clear that it appreciated Subramanium’s contribution and it would not want to hear accusations against him.

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