This comes two days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that investigated the case sent a letter to Mr Grover, asking why there had been a delay in filing the appeal against the acquittal of all 19 accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK lawmaker Kanimozhi. The verdict of CBI judge OP Saini on December 21 last year was critical of the prosecution, Mr Grover in particular.
Tweeting a copy of the notification, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said, "Government brazenly changes special public prosecutor of 2G case appointed by Supreme Court and appoints Modi/Shah's main lawyer Tushar Mehta as prosecutor in gross violation of Supreme Court's order. Government is getting more brazen by the day.''
Government sources denied that Mr Mehta's appointment was a violation. "The Supreme Court appointment was for the trial process and ended when the judgement was delivered. It doesn't necessarily extend to the appeals phase,'' they said.
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