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Feb 04, 2013 at 12:54pm IST

Solicitor General Rohinton F Nariman resigns allegedly over differences with Law Minister

New Delhi: Solicitor General of India Rohinton F Nariman has resigned from his post almost an year after he replaced Gopal Subramaniam. The exact reason behind the sudden resignation is not yet known.

Sources said that there were differences of opinion between Nariman and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. Nariman had taken over the post in July 2011 after Gopal Subramaniam quit and still had two more years to go.

56-year-old Nariman was appointed as the Solicitor General (SG), the second seniormost law officer of the country, on July 23, 2011. Sources said that Nariman has not given any reason for quitting his post in his resignation letter.

There has been speculation Nariman was unhappy over certain directions of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and the ministry. He was appointed after the then SG Gopal Subramaniam had resigned on July 14, 2011. Subramaniam had resigned SG as in the wake of Nariman being appointed as special counsel to represent government in a 2G related case in the Supreme Court, apparently without his knowledge.

Nariman is the son of eminent jurist Fali S Nariman. 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, for designating a lawyer as a senior advocate, by reducing the minimum age limit of 45 years.

He joined the Bar as an advocate in 1974 after completing his LL.B from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, where he was among the toppers. He had also gone to Harvard University for further studies.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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