Ranjit Kumar resigns as Solicitor General, cites personal issues

Carla Harmon
October 21, 2017

Months after getting a two-year extension, solicitor general Ranjit Kumar on Friday resigned from the second most important law officer's post, after the attorney general, citing health issues in his family requiring him to devote more time at home.

Kumar's decision to resign comes months after former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi resigned to return to private practice in June. Kumar have even confirmed this to the media that the reason behind his resignation is personal.

While confirming his resignation, Mr Kumar told this newspaper that due to his busy schedule and responsibilities as solicitor-general, he was not able to attend to certain health issues faced by members of his family.

Ranjit Kumar was appointed Solicitor General in June 2014 after the Modi government came to power. At present, there are four additional solicitors general in the SC - Maninder Singh, Tushar Mehta, P S Narsimha and Pinky Anand. The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today. Senior lawyer K K Venugopal was appointed as new attorney general.

Before taking over as Solicitor General, Kumar served as counsel for the Gujarat government as well as amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court. Kumar had also represented then Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case pending in a Bangalore court. He had replaced senior advocate Mohan Parasaran who had resigned after the charge of the BJP-led NDA government. According to sources in the Law Ministry, this process is expected to be taken up by the Law Minister in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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