Eighteen months after Gopal Subramaniam had quit as Solicitor General, his successor Rohinton Nariman sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday.
Though the exact reason why Nariman resigned two years before his term ended is unknown, sources indicate that his “differences” with Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on some key issues might have had a role to play in it. The same sources also indicated that Additional Solicitor Mohan Parasaran is likley to be appointed as the next Solicitor General -- the second most important law officer of the government after the Attorney General. Parasaran, when contacted by Express, neither denied nor confirmed the news.
Rohinton Nariman, son of well-known jurist Fali S Nariman, was appointed Solicitor General by the UPA Government in July, 2011. This was after Gopal Subramaniam relinquished the post in the wake of Nariman being appointed as special counsel to represent the Government in the 2G-related cases in the Supreme Court.
Nariman had been designated as a senior advocate at the young age of 37. In recent years he had argued for Mukesh Ambani’s RIL with senior advocate Harish Salve in the dispute over the supply and pricing of gas for KG basin between the two Ambani brothers.