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Gopal S SC judgeship recalled for alleged IB, CBI dirt in 2G scam & Radiatape; Iyer chastises Modi

Former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium’s name has not been cleared for elevation as a Supreme Court judge by the government which cleared the names of senior advocate Rohinton Nariman, Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel for the elevation, reported the Express.

The government has reportedly based its decision on reasons including an adverse intelligence bureau (IB) report and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) files against Subramanium relating to appearing in the 2G scam, and the supposed existence of a taped phone conversation between him and Niira Radia. 

Subramanium would have gone on to become the Chief Justice of India (CJI) had his name been cleared but now the government has the option to sit on his file independently.

Former SC judge VR Krishna Iyer appealed to Modi to reconsider the centre’s stand not to approve Subramanium’s elevation and stop an “indefensible disaster” from happening, reported The Hindu.

The Times of India took a brief look on the precedents set in judicial appointments in India and contrasted the principles with those followed in the US and Canada.

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