Gopal Subramanium, senior advocate and former Solicitor-General, on 4 August 2014 withdrew as amicus curiae in Padmanabhaswamy Temple Case. He handed over the files concerning the temple case to the Supreme Court registry. He withdrew citing personal reasons and prior engagements.
Gopal Subramanium was appointed as amicus in August 2012 by SC bench headed by Justice R M Lodha which was hearing the Padmanabhaswamy temple case. With the elevation of Justice R M Lodha as Chief Justice of India in 2014, now the case is heard before a SC bench of Justice T S Thakur and Anil Dave.
Report on Padmanabhaswamy temple
As amicus, Subramanium presented a report on the Padmanabhaswamy temple in April 2014. The report on the condition of the temple and its assets in Thiruvananthapuram had created a storm.
His report disclosed that he found a gold plating machine inside the temple, suggesting stealth in an organised manner “by the highest echelons”. Acting on this report, the SC had ordered a special audit of the temple and its treasure trove by former CAG Vinod Rai.
About Gopal Subramanium
Gopal Subramanium is a senior advocate who has been practising law in Supreme Court of India since 2011. Before 2011, he served Government of India as the Solicitor-General of India from 2009-2011. He also served Bar Council of India. During his tenure, he represented Government of India in multiple cases
• As a Special Public Prosecutor in the prosecution of Ajmal Kasab, terrorist who attacked Mumbai in November 2008.
• As a lead counsel in 2010-2011 in proceedings concerning allocation of 2G Spectrum bandwidth to private telecom operators.
• Assisted Supreme Court as amicus curiae in Sohrabuddin Sheikh Fake encounter case.
In June 2014, Supreme Court collegium suggested Subramanium name along with other three senior advocates of SC for the appointment as judge of Supreme Court. However, Government rejected his name alleging him for his links with Niira Radia, former corporate lobbyist whose telephonic conversations are under CBI scrutiny.
Subsequently on 25 June 2014, Subramanium questioned the government’s move and raised the issue of judicial independence being threatened by executive. This controversy also put question mark on collegiums system of appointing judges of higher judiciary.
Who: Gopal Subramanium
When: 4 August 2014