Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Ranjit Kumar Resigns as Solicitor General

Ranjit Kumar Resigns as Solicitor General

The Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar has resigned from his post, media outlets are reporting.

Kumar's resignation comes months after Mukul Rohatgi resigned from the post of Attorney General of India.

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".

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.

There was speculation a few months ago that the Supreme Court collegium was considering Kumar's name as a judge of the apex court.


Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar was appointed in his post soon after Narendra Modi became the prime minister in May 2014. His second term as Solicitor General began recently.

Mr Kumar's resignation reached the Union law ministry on Friday.

Today morning the Minister of Law and Justice of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad had received resignation letter. His three-year tenure was supposed to come to an end on 19 June and he had asked the Central government not to consider him for reappointment or an extension as the country's top law officer.

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

Considered an expert in Constitutional laws, service matters, and taxation, Kumar had earlier served as counsel for the Gujarat government as well as amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court before taking over as Solicitor General. He also represented then Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case in a Bengaluru court.

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