Subramanium had earlier this week written to Chief Justice of India RM Lodha withdrawing his consent for appointment as a Supreme Court judge.

He had alleged that Modi-led government segregated his file, something that is against the Constitution's framework and the Apex Court’s rulings.

He had also said that the judiciary failed to assert its independence by respecting the likes and dislikes of the executive. Subramanium said that he had withdrawn his consent as a matter of principle and to protect his ‘honour and dignity’.

"I am not here to offer myself for continuous scrutiny. I have established my credibility. Intelligence Bureau cleared my name on May 15. I don't want any character certificate from anyone except myself," Subramanium had told reporters at his office.

"My character and integrity do not need to be proved every morning. As long as persons like Justices Krishna Iyer and M N Venkatachaliah stand by me, I do not need to seek further fortification," Subramanium had said.

Venkatachaliah is a former chief justice of India and Iyer a former judge of the Apex Court.

"Nobody could have withstood to such a rubbish like this," Subramanium said, refuting media reports vilifying him in matters relating to 2G cases, staged shoot out cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, and the case relating to Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Amit Shah.

Rejecting the adverse media report voicing the government's reservations on his appointment, he said, "I must say that these media reports were malicious insinuations based on half-truths, and appear to be result of carefully planted leaks aimed at generating doubts in the minds of collegium and of the public as to the suitability and propriety of appointing me as a judge of the Supreme Court.”

Describing the development as sad, Congress leader Manish Tewari had earlier said, "This is a very sad day for the legal fraternity in India. He is a respected counsel. He has been a victim of alleged character assassination and has been compelled to take this step."

(JPN)

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