He has been India's most outspoken and undoubtedly competent attorney-general. The man famously called the 'firefighter' of the Vajpayee regime, Soli Sorabjee managed, incredibly, to raise the hackles of everyone—from BJP ministers to the Sangh parivar to Jains and Muslims, even human rights activists. In an interview, he speaks about his eventful six-year tenure. Excerpts:
Why did you decide to resign in March itself?
On March 9, I turned 74 and said, look, I have already done six years, that's enough of a stint. Then I am interested in many other things—music, literature, academics. And then, Butterworths India asked me to do a book on administrative law in India.
What would you say was the most important aspect of your tenure as A-G?
Apart from dealing with many important cases, I think I was the only A-G who was openly critical of the government. I criticised the attack on Christians and I've been severely critical of what happened in Gujarat. Naturally, some people in the cabinet did not like it. The PM himself never objected, but...