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Breaking: Senior counsel UU Lalit to become SC judge after Gopal Subramanium bowed out

Supreme Court senior advocate Uday U Lalit will be elevated to the apex court’s roster, it has been confirmed, as former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium withdrew his candidature facing controversy over his elevation.

Lalit will meet the Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha on 29 June to accept his appointment, confirmed two independent authoritative sources.

Lalit had been the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) special public prosecutor to investigate the 2G scam, but his appointment as prosecutor had been opposed by the Congress government on the ground that he had not worked under a state government or the central government for at least seven years, which was an eligibility requirement.

The collegium had recommended Subramanium's elevation alongside senior counsel Rohinton Nariman, and chief justices Adarsh Goel and Arun Mishra.

Lalit’s office was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press but a formal announcement is expected on 30 June.

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