Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar was on 7 June 2014 appointed as the Solicitor General of India.
Along with Solicitor General of India, other senior advocates namely, Maninder Singh, Tushar Mehta, L Nageshwar Rao, PS Patwalia, Neeraj Kishen Kaul and PS Narasimha were appointed as additional solicitors general of India.
Ranjit Kumar is considered to be an expert of Constitutional Law. Earlier, he had represented the Gujarat government in a number of cases. He had been a counsel for the Gujarat government.
Kumar had also represented Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case pending in a Bangalore court.
About Solicitor General
The Solicitor General (SG) of India is subordinate to the Attorney General for India (AG). Attorney General is the chief legal advisor of Indian Government and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India while the Solicitor General of India is the secondary law officer of the country.
The Solicitor General of India is appointed for a period of 3 years.
Like the Attorney General for India, the Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitors General advise the Government and appear on behalf of the Union of India in terms of the Law Officers.
However, unlike the post of Attorney General for India, which is a Constitutional post under Article 76 of the Constitution of India, the posts of the Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitors General are merely statutory.
When: 7 June 2014