Eighteen months after his appointment as Solicitor General of India, senior advocate Rohinton Nariman has resigned from the post amid speculation that the decision came over his differences with the Law Ministry.

56-year-old Nariman was appointed as the Solicitor General, the second senior-most law officer of the country, on July 23, 2011.

Sources said that Nariman has not given any reason for quitting his post in his resignation letter. There has been speculation that he was unhappy over certain directions of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and the Law Ministry.

He was appointed after the then Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam had resigned on July 14, 2011.

Subramaniam had resigned in the wake of Nariman being appointed as special counsel to represent the Government in a 2G related case in the Supreme Court, apparently without his knowledge.

Nariman is the son of eminent jurist Fali S. Nariman.

He has argued for Mukesh Ambani’s RIL along with senior advocate Harish Salve in the dispute over the supply and pricing of gas from KG basin between the Ambani brothers.

Nariman was designated as a senior advocate at the age of 37 in 1993 when the then Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah amended the rules, for designating a lawyer as a senior advocate, by reducing the minimum age limit of 45.

He joined the Bar as an advocate in 1974 after completing his LL.B from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, where he was among the toppers. He had also gone to Harvard University for further studies.

(This article was published on February 4, 2013)
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