Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigns on 'personal grounds'

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigns on 'personal grounds'

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who had once represented the Gujarat government in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and is an acknowledged expert in constitutional matters, resigned from his post on Friday (October 20). He has cited personal reasons behind this move.

The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had extended the tenure until further orders, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

Asked whether he had any misunderstanding with the government or any reservations in continuing as SG, Kumar said, "I had an excellent relationship with the government and have no reason to complain".

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Recently, Mukul Rohatgi had written to the government that he was not interested in a second term as attorney general. The report also expected that the notification appointing the new Solicitor-General will also appoint two new Additional Solicitors-General as well.

Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate Tushar Mehta is likely to be appointed as the next Solicitor General, sources told India Today. He had been a counsel for the Gujarat government and amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court. Mukul Rohatgi was appointed Attorney General, the government's chief legal advisor, at that time.

Ranjit Kumar has represented the Centre in the Supreme Court in crucial cases, including demonetisation, use of pellet guns in Kashmir and rising pollution. He replaced senior advocate Mohan Parasaran, who had tendered his resignation after the BJP-led NDA government took charge.

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