A day after he accused Attorney General G E Vahanvati of trying to influence the CBI probe while making him a scapegoat in the coal block allocation case,Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval was on Tuesday asked to resign. Raval submitted his resignation to Law Minister Ashwani Kumar in the evening.
On the eve of the Supreme Court hearing on the Centres alleged attempt to influence the CBI investigation into the case,Raval had created a flutter by writing on Monday a letter to Vahanvati,accusing him of adopting an incorrect stand that the contents of the CBIs status report were not known to him and that they were not shared with the government. Raval had also marked a copy to the Law Minister,who is at the centre of the controversy.
Sources in the government said Raval was asked to resign since his continuation had become untenable following the scathing remarks of the court during Tuesdays hearing. When contacted by The Indian Express,Raval refused to comment. I have nothing to say, he said. The PTI,however,quoted him as saying that he had no regrets in writing the letter to the AG. Yes,I stand by what I have stated in my letter to the Attorney General, PTI quoted him as saying.
In his letter,Raval claimed that despite being aware of the contents of the status report,the AG on March 12 submitted in the apex court that he was not in the know of it. Raval said due to the AGs submission,he was also forced to take the same stand.
While replying to queries on March 12,2013 as regards what was contained in the status report,you had deemed it appropriate to take a stand that the contents of the status report were not known to you,which in fact you knew to be incorrect, he wrote. On account of your statement,I felt embarrassed and was forced to take a stand,in court,consistent with your submission made as Attorney General for India,that the contents of the status report were not known to you and that they were not shared with the government.
Raval claimed that in many high-profile cases he had to face indignation on account of Vahanvatis temperament. It has constantly pained and anguished me that I have had to face unnecessary indignation on account of your intolerant temperament towards the conscientious discharge of duties especially in high-profile cases. I have held you in great esteem… but your flip-flop attitude towards me has always put me under unnecessary pressure. I have a feeling that I am sought to be made scapegoat but I am confident that truth will always prevail, he wrote.