ASG Tushar Mehta Appointed As New Solicitor General of India, After The Post Left Vacant For 10 Months

| October 10 , 2018 , 19:22 IST

Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate on Wednesday has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India, 10 months after the post fell vacant last year. He is currently serving as the Additional Solicitor General.

It is learnt that the Solicitor General of India is the second-highest rank for a law officer of the government. The post had fallen vacant after senior advocate Ranjit Kumar resigned on October 20 last year and it was accepted by the government in December.   

Tushar Mehta who belongs from Gujarat has been serving as the Additional Solicitor General since mid-2014 when the BJP came to power at the centre. He has appeared in many important cases including the challenge to Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.

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The Appointments Committee of the cabinet had earlier approved his name as the Solicitor General of India with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the office for a period till June 30, 2020, or until further orders.

Mehta's appointment comes after more than 11 months of the post lying vacant. Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar had resigned from the post of Solicitor General in October last year.