Senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium, whose name was left out by the Centre for elevation as Supreme Court judge, has rejected the post of Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the coal block allocations scam cases.
According to news reports, Subramanium who is at present on an overseas assignment said that due to prior engagements he is unable to accept the post.
On Saturday, Subramanium’s office confirmed this news.
The development came a day after a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice RM Lodha asked all the parties in the case to ‘persuade’ Swamy for the said job.
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, the CJI had said, “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,” PTI reported.
“We want a person of impeccable integrity and fine legal mind,” Justice Lodha had said.
Its recommendation found favour with the petitioners’ advocate ML 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.
Newly-appointed Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar was also in agreement with the CJI over Subramanium as SPP in the coal block allocations scam cases, saying that he has been special counsel in several other cases including Parliament attack case.