Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar Resigns, Citing Family Reasons

| October 20 , 2017 , 14:48 IST

Becoming the second government law officer to resign from the Narendra Modi government after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, Solicitor General of India Ranjit Kumar resigned on Friday, citing family reasons. Initial reports suggest that senior advocate Tushar Mehta will likely be appointed as the next Solicitor General.

Citing family reasons, Kumar filed his resignation papers with the law ministry on Friday. Speaking with media, Kumar said that due to his busy schedule and the responsibilities as solicitor general, for a while now he had been unable to give adequate time to health issues faced by his family members. Therefore, he had submitted his resignation, so he would be able to devote more time to his family.

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Kumar added that he'd had a wonderful experience as solicitor general and was 'very satisfied' with the way he had been treated by the government.

In 2014, Ranjit Kumar, who was considered to be an expert on constitutional laws, was appointed as the solicitor general after the NDA government came to power. His term was then extended in June 2017, along with that of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who resigned soon afterward. In the past, Kumar has represented the Central government in various high-profile cases in the Supreme Court.

Before being appointed as Solicitor General of India, Ranjit Kumar had been a counsel for the Gujarat government and had acted as amicus curiae in several Supreme Court cases. He represented the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case and also represented former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case in a Bangalore court.