NDTV Correspondent, Updated: July 11, 2011 17:30 IST.
A Public Interest Litigation or PIL filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan alleged that Mr Sibal arbitrarily downsized the penalty imposed upon Mr Ambani for violating the terms of a contract. The controversy lies not just in the allegations against Mr Sibal, but in his decision to use a private lawyer - Rohinton Nariman - to defend himself. That move prompted Solicitor General Gopal Subaramaniam to resign.
Mr Bhushan had sought to make this PIL a part of the larger case on the 2G telecom scam which has caused a political earthquake in India, causing the resignation of two telecom ministers, one of who is now in jail, and the arrests of some of India's senior-most executives in the telecom sector. The investigation is based on another PIL filed by Mr Bhushan.
01) He has done it again; the problem with Mr. Bhushan is that he always mixes up not so related issues into one and try to bring them all under one omnibus entity like, his friend and he tried to bring Higher Judiciary, Bureaucracy, Revenue Departments, etc. under 'Lok Pal', whereas it was, originally, conceived to act as a watch dog of the higher political officers.