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Under fire from PM, but Moily says all’s well

delhi Updated: Nov 19, 2010 01:26 IST
Nagendar Sharma
Nagendar Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Under fire from within the government on handling of legal issues related to the 2G spectrum scam, the law ministry on Thursday tried to put up a brave face saying nothing had gone wrong.

Caught in a spot with the Supreme Court having repeatedly made observations on the alleged inaction of the PM in dealing with a complaint against A Raja, the law ministry is now trying to strengthen its legal team for the hearing in the top court next week, HT has learnt.

The Prime Minister’s Office is learnt to have conveyed its displeasure to the ministry on the way the issue was handled. The ministry is now likely to ask the top law officer of the country, Attorney General GE Vahanvati to be also a part of the team, presently comprising his colleagues — Solicitor General (SG) Gopal Subramanium and additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal.

Asked about the unhappiness within the government from his ministry on the issue, an angry law minister M Veerappa Moily slammed the media for having created a hype. “There is no goof-up from our side, it is from your side,” he said.

“Nothing has gone wrong in the court I know the Supreme Court more than you do,” he said. Moily refused to answer the question on the absence of the Attorney General from the hearing in the case so far.

The minister also denied reports he was contemplating action against some law officers.

SG Gopal Subramanium said that the Supreme Court had not passed any strictures against the Prime Minister’s Office. “There is no stricture from the Supreme Court at all. If judges cannot ask questions, then who will ask the questions? We know how to deal with questions and we will answer them,” Subramanium said.

“Whatever was said in the court was part of a debate which takes place when a matter is adjudicated,”the SG said. In August too the ministry had come under scanner after it gave an opinion that the CAG had no power to question policy decisions of the government.