As law officers weigh future, Vadra, SIMI and black money cases loom

At least three additional solicitors-general have sent in their resignations to the law secretary, it is learnt.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: May 21, 2014 9:00:00 am

As the new dispensation prepares to take charge, law officers appointed by the UPA have begun putting in their papers. Some senior advocates must, however, wait for hearings in some important cases in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court.

At least three additional solicitors-general have sent in their resignations to the law secretary, it is learnt. Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran told The Indian Express that while he had not resigned yet, he would not continue in the post beyond the end of this week. Attorney General G E Vahanvati has not been keeping well, and is currently recuperating from illness.

Sources said the law department has requested Parasaran to not act in haste, considering he is representing the government in some very important matters pending in courts.

It is understood that some law officers who have been seeking to resign, have been constrained by the fact that the central government is a party in important cases like the one about the contentious land deals of Robert Vadra, the continuance of the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), and the black money case.

“If all of us send our resignations at once and abandon courtrooms, who will represent the government? Our appointments are not political appointments. It is only as a matter of convention that we resign after the government changes. The new government can still decide to continue with the law officers appointed by the previous regime,” an additional solicitor-general, who declined to be named, said.

On Wednesday, Delhi High Court will hear a PIL that has sought a court-monitored CBI investigation into various land deals of Robert Vadra’s firms, and grant of licences to change land use of agricultural plots purchased by his companies in Gurgaon.

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, which is examining the ban on SIMI, will hear the matter this week.

The review petition moved by the government against the SC’s decision to activate a special investigation team (SIT) into the black money case, is also expected to be listed some time this week.

In none of these cases can the government afford to do without its lawyers in court. “The government has to have some representation until a new team of law officers is deputed. It is our duty to be there to assist the judges,” the ASG said.

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