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Former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium withdrew his candidature for appointment as a Supreme Court judge after the government asked the collegium to reconsider his recommendation while clearing the names of three others. Photo: Sneha Srivastava/Mint
Former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium withdrew his candidature for appointment as a Supreme Court judge after the government asked the collegium to reconsider his recommendation while clearing the names of three others. Photo: Sneha Srivastava/Mint

Govt has the ‘highest regard’ for judiciary, CJI: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law minister says whatever opinion the government has given, is based upon cogent, proper and sound grounds

New Delhi: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said the government had the “highest respect and regard for the judiciary", reacting to Supreme Court (SC) chief justice R.M. Lodha’s remark that the government had not taken his consent before denying Gopal Subramanium’s elevation as an SC judge.

At a cabinet briefing, Prasad clarified the government’s role on judicial appointments. “In the process of appointment, the government has got the right to be consulted. And whatever opinion the government has given, is based upon cogent, proper and sound grounds," he said, adding the government is “fully committed to the freedom of the judiciary."

The chief justice, on Tuesday, had stated that segregating Subramanium’s file was a unilateral action of the executive and was “not proper".

Subramanium’s name was in the four-member list sent by the SC to the government. However, reports of his association with the counsel of A.Raja, prime accused in the 2G scam surfaced soon after. The government approved only three names for elevation as SC judges and Subramanium withdrew his consent to be appointed on 25 June.

PTI contributed to this story.

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