New Delhi: The Rs64 crore Bofors corruption case is mired in a new controversy. Gopal Subramanium, the solicitor general of India has been accused of earlier representing one of the prime accused, Win Chadha, in the case.
Ajay K. Agrawal, a lawyer who has filed several petitions relating to the scandal, made an official complaint against Subramanium on Thursday before the Supreme Court and Bar Council of India, accusing him of misleading the court.
Subramanium’s role as the defence lawyer for Chadha and later as the prosecuting lawyer for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against him is an example of conflict of interest and amounts to professional misconduct, Agrawal said.
The apex court will take up a detailed hearing of Bofors-related matters on 16 February.
When contacted, Subramanium admitted he argued on Chadha’s behalf once, before the accused was charged in October 1999. He later clarified that since Chadha was no longer alive, there was no conflict of interest.
Court records available with Mint show he argued for Chadha on several occasions—even after the charges were filed.
Subramanium appeared before the Delhi high court and the Supreme Court in 2000 as Chadha’s lawyer. In 2004, he was appointed additional solicitor general of India and argued on behalf of CBI.