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Rohinton Nariman to be new Solicitor General


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Jul 23, 2011 at 07:34pm IST

New Delhi: Sources have told CNN-IBN that Senior advocate Rohinton Nariman is all set to be appointed as the new Solicitor General of India, the second senior most law officer of the country, in place of Gopal Subramanium, who quit recently.

Sources said that the government has decided to appoint him as the next Solicitor General, a proposal to which he has given his consent.

"The formal notification on his appointment will be issued next week after the Appointments Committee of Cabinet gives its seal of approval," they said.

55-year-old Nariman, son of an eminent jurist Fali S Nariman, was in the race for the post after Subramanium resigned as Solicitor General in the wake of Nariman Jr being appointed as special counsel to represent government in a 2G related case in the Supreme Court a fortnight ago, apparently without his knowledge.

Nariman has been appearing in various constitutional and corporate cases in the Supreme Court and High Courts.

He argued for Mukesh Ambani's RIL along with senior advocate Harish Salve in the dispute over the supply and pricing of gas from KG basin between the Ambani brothers.

Nariman was designated as a senior advocate at the age of 37 years in 1993 when the then Chief Justice of India MN Venkatachaliah amended the rules reducing the limit of the minimum age of 45 years for designating a lawyer as a senior advocate.

He joined the Bar as an advocate in 1974 after completing his LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, where he was among the toppers.

He had also gone to Harvard University for further studies.

(With additional information from PTI)

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