Second top law officer quits, says reason is 'personal'


Solicitor General of India Ranjit Kumar on Friday tendered his resignation from the post citing personal reasons.

Recently, Mukul Rohatgi had written to the government that he was not interested in a second term as attorney general.

As per report he Kumar resigned due to some personal reasons.

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Ranjit Kumar, who was re-engaged as solicitor general for two years in July, told TOI that his family members had health issues, which required long-term treatment.

Senior lawyer K.K. Venugopal was appointed as new attorney general.

Kumar was appointed as the Solicitor General in June 2014, reported News18.

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He even represented the Gujarat government in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake case.

Kumar appeared in a host of cases involving vexed Constitutional issues and previously assisted the Supreme Court as amicus curiae in a series of PILs to curb pollution in Delhi and the Yamuna River's deteriorating condition. He also represented then Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case in a Bengaluru court.

Two additional solicitors general - P S Patwalia and Neeraj Kishan Kaul - found private practice more attractive than the law officer's job and requested the government to relieve them of their responsibilities. He had replaced senior advocate Mohan Parasaran who had resigned after the charge of the BJP-led NDA government. The second-highest ranking law officer for the Central government put in his papers months after the Centre extended his term on June 6 earlier this year till further orders. Rohatgi had said that he had a fantastic relation with the prime minister, law minister and bureaucracy during the tenure.

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