29 September, 2020

Who Is This Man Firing The Gun For?

Goolam Essaji Vahanvati, the Attorney-General of India, courts more controversies than he helps dispel

Who Is This Man Firing The Gun For?

An A-G Who Is Looking Cagey

  • Opinion Polls: Advised the UPA that banning opinion polls during election campaigning is legally sustainable
  • CBI: Advised GoI to oppose greater autonomy to the CBI; also gave a legal opinion to keep the CBI out of the RTI Act
  • Nuclear liability: Perceived to have advised the government to allow dilution of nuclear liability by foreign suppliers
  • Black money: Opposed the Supreme Court order to constitute an SIT to bring back black money from abroad
  • Criminal MPs: PM consulted Vahanvati before cabinet clearance of ordinance (later withdrawn) on convicted lawmakers
  • Mystery caller: Lodges an FIR after a mysterious lady calls him up, pretending to be UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi
  • Swiss bank account: Accused by CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta to have hoarded black money in a Swiss bank (UBS) account. Serves a legal notice on the...


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